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    Service Utilisation by Former Long-Stay Psychiatric Patients in Northern Ireland

    McGilloway, Sinéad and Donnelly, Michael (1998) Service Utilisation by Former Long-Stay Psychiatric Patients in Northern Ireland. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 44 (1). pp. 12-21. ISSN 0020-7640

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    The shift from hospital to community care for people with mental health problems places continuing demands on community-based services. However, compara tively little is known about the patterns of service use among those previously resident in psychiatric hospitals. In this study, a total of 145 former long-stay psychiatric patients in Northern Ireland (NI) - most with a diagnosis of schizo phrenia and aged under 60 - were followed up one year after discharge to identify the type and frequency of service use during the previous six months. Although a wide range of services was used, GPs, CPNs and social workers respectively were central to client care outside hospital. However, access to, and use of, services- influenced, in part, by the unique integrated health and social services structure in NI - varied widely across types and sectors of accommodation. The findings have implications both for the successful management of community placement for former long-stay patients and for the planning and implementation of services for future more dependent cohorts.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Service Utilisation; Former Long-Stay Psychiatric Patients; Northern Ireland;
    Academic Unit: Assisting Living & Learning,ALL institute
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, MUSSI
    Item ID: 16608
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    Depositing User: Dr. Sinéad McGilloway
    Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2022 14:27
    Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Social Psychiatry
    Publisher: SAGE Publications
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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