Authors: Daphne Habibis and Mike Hazelton, University of Tasmania
Event: 2001 TheMHS Conference
Subject: study, research, book of proceedings
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: This paper reports on a study examining what effect the addition of an extended hours Community Mental Health Team to a hospital-based service has on relatives and consumers with a serious mental illness. Repeated interviews were held over one year before and after the introduction of the CMHT with two different groups of consumers and relatives. The groups were matched on age, gender, diagnosis and severity of illness and the results compared. The study found few significant differences in outcomes between the two groups. It is suggested that the lack of mental health services in the region was too great to expect the CMHT to make a measurable difference. However, the CMHT did allow a reduction in hospital beds and there is a suggestion that consumers also found access to treatment had improved.