Assertive Outreach: policy and reality

J Schneider, T Brandon, D Wooff, J Carpenter, R Paxton

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Aims This survey set out to profile the caseloads of AO teams in the north east, to discover whether AO was reaching the people for whom it was meant. A survey of caseloads of 29 AO teams was carried out using the MARC-2, HoNOS and GAS instruments. Findings were compared to earlier surveys of CMHT caseloads in parts of the same region. Results AO clients proved to be at the more severe end of the spectrum on almost every measure: 95% were deemed ‘psychotic’ and 30% had three or more admissions in the previous 2 years. Conclusions AO teams in the North East are reaching the people they are meant to target. The effects of this shift on existing teams remain to be evaluated.
Translated title of the contributionAssertive Outreach: policy and reality
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89 - 94
Number of pages6
JournalPsychiatric Bulletin
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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Publisher: Royal College of Psychiatrists

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