The aim was to provide effective time-limited management of acute episodes of mental illness in the community, thus reducing dependency on the psychiatric services. A multi-disciplinary team supplied intensive psychological and pharmacological interventions.
Fifty-nine per cent were discharged within 12 weeks to the care of their general practitioner. Twelve per cent were admitted to in-patient care.
A time limited multi-disciplinary approach will have benefits to patients and the service.
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