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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076358/a-randomized-trial-examining-housing-first-in-congregate-and-scattered-site-formats
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Julian M Somers, Akm Moniruzzaman, Michelle Patterson, Lauren Currie, Stefanie N Rezansoff, Anita Palepu, Karen Fryer
OBJECTIVE: No previous experimental trials have investigated Housing First (HF) in both scattered site (SHF) and congregate (CHF) formats. We hypothesized that CHF and SHF would be associated with a greater percentage of time stably housed as well as superior health and psychosocial outcomes over 24 months compared to treatment as usual (TAU). METHODS: Inclusion criteria were homelessness, mental illness, and high need for support. Participants were randomised to SHF, CHF, or TAU...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067944/intensive-case-management-for-severe-mental-illness
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REVIEW
Marina Dieterich, Claire B Irving, Hanna Bergman, Mariam A Khokhar, Bert Park, Max Marshall
BACKGROUND: Intensive Case Management (ICM) is a community-based package of care aiming to provide long-term care for severely mentally ill people who do not require immediate admission. Intensive Case Management evolved from two original community models of care, Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) and Case Management (CM), where ICM emphasises the importance of small caseload (fewer than 20) and high-intensity input. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of ICM as a means of caring for severely mentally ill people in the community in comparison with non-ICM (caseload greater than 20) and with standard community care...
January 6, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054197/comparing-the-costs-and-acceptability-of-three-fidelity-assessment-methods-for-assertive-community-treatment
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Angela L Rollins, Marina Kukla, Michelle P Salyers, John H McGrew, Mindy E Flanagan, Doug L Leslie, Marcia G Hunt, Alan B McGuire
Successful implementation of evidence-based practices requires valid, yet practical fidelity monitoring. This study compared the costs and acceptability of three fidelity assessment methods: on-site, phone, and expert-scored self-report. Thirty-two randomly selected VA mental health intensive case management teams completed all fidelity assessments using a standardized scale and provided feedback on each. Personnel and travel costs across the three methods were compared for statistical differences. Both phone and expert-scored self-report methods demonstrated significantly lower costs than on-site assessments, even when excluding travel costs...
January 4, 2017: Administration and Policy in Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026106/recovery-concept-in-a-norwegian-setting-to-be-examined-by-the-assertive-community-treatment-model-and-mixed-methods
#4
Ann-Mari Lofthus, Heidi Westerlund, Dagfinn Bjørgen, Jonas Christoffer Lindstrøm, Arnhild Lauveng, Diana Rose, Torleif Ruud, Kristin Heiervang
Recovery is a crucial concept in the mental health field. The research of recovery is split into the categories of personal, social and clinical recovery. The purpose of this study was to explore the fragmented concept of recovery in light of assertive community treatment (ACT) in Norway. The study has a mixed methods design with a pragmatic approach. The Questionnaire about the Process of Recovery and open-ended questions posed to 70 participants from 12 ACT teams in Norway, gathered by the "Users interview users" method, are combined with interviews or focus groups with eight of these participants...
December 27, 2016: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27981022/gardening-is-beneficial-for-health-a-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Masashi Soga, Kevin J Gaston, Yuichi Yamaura
There is increasing evidence that gardening provides substantial human health benefits. However, no formal statistical assessment has been conducted to test this assertion. Here, we present the results of a meta-analysis of research examining the effects of gardening, including horticultural therapy, on health. We performed a literature search to collect studies that compared health outcomes in control (before participating in gardening or non-gardeners) and treatment groups (after participating in gardening or gardeners) in January 2016...
March 2017: Preventive Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940571/assertive-community-treatment-for-people-with-alcohol-dependence-a-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial
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Colin Drummond, Helen Gilburt, Tom Burns, Alex Copello, Michael Crawford, Ed Day, Paolo Deluca, Christine Godfrey, Steve Parrott, Abigail Rose, Julia Sinclair, Simon Coulton
AIMS: A pilot randomized controlled trial (RCT) to assess the feasibility and potential efficacy of assertive community treatment (ACT) in adults with alcohol dependence. METHODS: Single blind, individually randomized, pilot RCT of 12 months of ACT plus treatment as usual (TAU) versus TAU alone in adults (age 18+ years) with alcohol dependence and a history of previous unsuccessful alcohol treatment attending specialist community alcohol treatment services. ACT aimed to actively engage participants for 12 months with assertive, regular, minimum weekly contact...
December 8, 2016: Alcohol and Alcoholism: International Journal of the Medical Council on Alcoholism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929303/correction-to-campos-melady-et-al-2016
#7
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Reports an error in "The Effect of Therapists' Adherence and Competence in Delivering the Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach on Client Outcomes" by Marita Campos-Melady, Jane Ellen Smith, Robert J. Meyers, Susan H. Godley and Mark D. Godley (Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, Advanced Online Publication, Oct 13, 2016, np). In the original article, the disclosed interest for Mark D. Godley in the author note is misrepresented. The accurate representation is that the organization employing Mark D. Godley, Chestnut Health Systems, receives fees for A-CRA training...
December 8, 2016: Psychology of Addictive Behaviors: Journal of the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903142/systematic-literature-review-of-general-health-care-interventions-within-programs-of-assertive-community-treatment
#8
Erik R Vanderlip, Benjamin F Henwood, Debra R Hrouda, Piper S Meyer, Maria Monroe-DeVita, Lynette M Studer, April J Schweikhard, Lorna L Moser
OBJECTIVE: Assertive community treatment (ACT) is one of the few evidence-based practices for adults with severe mental illness. Interest has slowly waned for ACT implementation. Yet ACT remains an appealing services platform to achieve the triple aim of health care reform (improved health outcomes, reduced cost, and improved satisfaction) through integration of primary care and behavioral health services. This review highlights the evidence for ACT to improve general medical outcomes, reduce treatment costs, and increase access to treatment...
December 1, 2016: Psychiatric Services: a Journal of the American Psychiatric Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900751/-reflection-on-the-differences-and-similarities-of-mental-health-care-in-virginia-and-taiwan-geography-history-culture-and-nurse-practitioners
#9
Chueh-Fen Lu, Ching-Chuan Tung, Linda Ely
Sponsored by the pilot overseas internships project of the Ministry of Education, Taiwan, the authors and ten undergraduate students from Taiwan visited several mental health facilities in Virginia for one month. These facilities included the Catawba State Hospital, Salem Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Carilion Saint Albans Behavioral Health (New River Valley Medical Center), Warm Hearth Village, Adult & Child Family Counseling private outpatient clinic, the Free Clinic of the New River Valley, New Life Clubhouse, and Self-Government Program for Assertive Community Treatment...
December 2016: Hu Li za Zhi the Journal of Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888961/facilitating-social-integration-for-people-with-severe-mental-illness-served-by-assertive-community-treatment
#10
Sheila J Linz, Bonnie A Sturm
PURPOSE: This article explores the experience of workers on Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams surrounding their efforts to facilitate social integration for their clients. DESIGN AND METHODS: Sixteen workers were individually interviewed and eight additional workers participated in two focus groups. FINDINGS: The formation of caring relationships between worker and client was an important first step towards social integration for ACT clients...
December 2016: Archives of Psychiatric Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27783548/patterns-of-adherence-to-oral-atypical-antipsychotics-among-patients-diagnosed-with-schizophrenia
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Joanna P MacEwan, Felicia M Forma, Jason Shafrin, Ainslie Hatch, Darius N Lakdawalla, Jean-Pierre Lindenmayer
BACKGROUND: Poor medication adherence contributes to negative treatment response, symptom relapse, and hospitalizations in schizophrenia. Many health plans use claims-based measures like medication possession ratios or proportion of days covered (PDC) to measure patient adherence to antipsychotics. Classifying patients solely on the basis of a single average PDC measure, however, may mask clinically meaningful variations over time in how patients arrive at an average PDC level. OBJECTIVE: To model patterns of medication adherence evolving over time for patients with schizophrenia who initiated treatment with an oral atypical antipsychotic and, based on these patterns, to identify groups of patients with different adherence behaviors...
November 2016: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27736146/the-effect-of-therapists-adherence-and-competence-in-delivering-the-adolescent-community-reinforcement-approach-on-client-outcomes
#12
Marita Campos-Melady, Jane Ellen Smith, Robert J Meyers, Susan H Godley, Mark D Godley
[Correction Notice: An Erratum for this article was reported online in Psychology of Addictive Behaviors on Dec 8 2016 (see record 2016-59284-001). In the original article, the disclosed interest for Mark D. Godley in the author note is misrepresented. The accurate representation is that the organization employing Mark D. Godley, Chestnut Health Systems, receives fees for A-CRA training. In addition, the disclosed interest statement for Jane Ellen Smith and Robert J. Meyers should read Jane Ellen Smith and Robert J...
October 13, 2016: Psychology of Addictive Behaviors: Journal of the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27734712/a-qualitative-study-of-occupational-well-being-for-people-with-severe-mental-illness
#13
Benjamin Milbourn, Beverley McNamara, Angus Buchanan
BACKGROUND/AIM: People with severe mental illness (SMI) do not receive adequate attention in research or clinical practice. They are considered hard to reach and difficult to engage. Information is needed to help provide support for this vulnerable population. This paper aims to investigate the well-being of adults diagnosed with SMI and receiving Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) by applying the occupational well-being framework to the everyday activities of this vulnerable group of people...
October 13, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27716190/-i-go-i-die-i-stay-i-die-better-to-stay-and-die-in-my-house-understanding-the-barriers-to-accessing-health-care-in-timor-leste
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Jennifer A Price, Ana I F Sousa Soares, Augustine D Asante, Joao S Martins, Kate Williams, Virginia L Wiseman
BACKGROUND: Despite public health care being free at the point of delivery in Timor-Leste, wealthier patients access hospital care at nearly twice the rate of poorer patients. This study seeks to understand the barriers driving inequitable utilisation of hospital services in Timor-Leste from the perspective of community members and health care managers. METHODS: This multisite qualitative study in Timor-Leste conducted gender segregated focus groups (n = 8) in eight districts, with 59 adults in urban and rural settings, and in-depth interviews (n = 8) with the Director of community health centres...
September 30, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27681009/-housing-first-for-homeless-youth-with-mental-illness
#15
Nicole Kozloff, Carol E Adair, Luis I Palma Lazgare, Daniel Poremski, Amy H Cheung, Rebeca Sandu, Vicky Stergiopoulos
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: "Housing First" has been shown to improve housing stability in homeless individuals with mental illness, but had not been empirically tested in homeless youth. We aimed to evaluate the effect of "Housing First" on housing stability in homeless youth aged 18 to 24 years participating in At Home/Chez Soi, a 24-month randomized trial of "Housing First" in 5 Canadian cities. METHODS: Homeless individuals with mental illness were randomized to receive "Housing First" (combined with assertive community treatment or intensive case management depending on their level of need) or treatment as usual...
October 2016: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27665002/housing-first-improves-adherence-to-antipsychotic-medication-among-formerly-homeless-adults-with-schizophrenia-results-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#16
Stefanie N Rezansoff, Akm Moniruzzaman, Seena Fazel, Lawrence McCandless, Ric Procyshyn, Julian M Somers
Adherence to antipsychotic medication is a significant challenge among homeless patients. No experimental trials have investigated the impact of Housing First on adherence among patients with schizophrenia. We investigated whether Housing First in congregate and scattered-site configurations resulted in superior adherence compared to usual care. Adult participants (n = 165) met criteria for homelessness, schizophrenia, and initiation of antipsychotic pharmacotherapy prior to recruitment to an unblinded, 3-arm randomized controlled trial in Vancouver, Canada...
September 24, 2016: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27662458/prevalence-of-vitamin-d-deficiency-in-adult-outpatients-with-bipolar-disorder-or-schizophrenia
#17
Remco Boerman, Dan Cohen, Peter F J Schulte, Annet Nugter
OBJECTIVE: Several studies show an association between schizophrenia and low levels of vitamin D. To date, there are only few studies about the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in patients with bipolar disorder. We hypothesized that vitamin D deficiency is less common among patients with bipolar disorder than among patients with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. A second hypothesis is that vitamin D deficiency is more prevalent among patients with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, or bipolar disorders than among the general Dutch population...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27658371/narrative-exposure-therapy-for-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-associated-with-repeated-interpersonal-trauma-in-patients-with-severe-mental-illness-a-mixed-methods-design
#18
Maria W Mauritz, Betsie G I Van Gaal, Ruud A Jongedijk, Lisette Schoonhoven, Maria W G Nijhuis-van der Sanden, Peter J J Goossens
BACKGROUND: In the Netherlands, most patients with severe mental illness (SMI) receive flexible assertive community treatment (FACT) provided by multidisciplinary community mental health teams. SMI patients with comorbid posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are sometimes offered evidence-based trauma-focused treatment like eye movement desensitization reprocessing or prolonged exposure. There is a large amount of evidence for the effectiveness of narrative exposure therapy (NET) within various vulnerable patient groups with repeated interpersonal trauma...
2016: European Journal of Psychotraumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27636364/-treatment-at-home-in-lengerich-westfalia-a-model-of-community-based-mental-health-care
#19
E Sakellaridou, C Chrysanthou, A Nienaber
We examined the effectiveness of a new homebased integrated care intervention model for patients with multiple-episode psychosis in a rural area in Germany, which combines elements of 2 other well-defined interventions: Assertive Community Treatment and Home Treatment. The pilot evaluation was conducted in 2 steps, using a quantitative and a qualitative design. In a 24-month follow-up period, patients showed significant improvement in symptoms, illness severity, global functioning and quality of life, as well as larger reduction in the number of days of inpatient treatment needed...
September 16, 2016: Das Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27619826/how-did-a-housing-first-intervention-improve-health-and-social-outcomes-among-homeless-adults-with-mental-illness-in-toronto-two-year-outcomes-from-a-randomised-trial
#20
Patricia O'Campo, Vicky Stergiopoulos, Pam Nir, Matthew Levy, Vachan Misir, Antony Chum, Bouchra Arbach, Rosane Nisenbaum, Matthew J To, Stephen W Hwang
OBJECTIVES: We studied the impact of a Housing First (HF) intervention on housing, contact with the justice system, healthcare usage and health outcomes among At Home/Chez Soi randomised trial participants in Toronto, a city with an extensive service network for social and health services for individuals who are experiencing homelessness and mental illness. METHODS: Participants identified as high needs were randomised to receive either the intervention which provided them with housing and supports by an assertive community treatment team (HF+ACT) or treatment as usual (TAU)...
September 12, 2016: BMJ Open
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