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CCPP-Copenhagen Community Psychiatric Project. Implementation of community mental health centres in Copenhagen: effects of service utilization, social integration, quality of life and positive and negative symptoms.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology
Publication Date
Volume
31
Issue
6
Pages
336–344
Identifiers
PMID: 8952373
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Deinstitutionalization of psychiatry in Denmark has been extensive and the number of psychiatric beds per 1,000 inhabitants is among the lowest in Europe. The effect of supplementing hospital treatment with treatment in community mental health centres was evaluated in a quasi-experimental design. The patient group examined consisted of patients with long-term contact with psychiatric services. When development in intervention and control districts was compared, the only significant difference was that the total patient group in the intervention district had an increased number of day attendances per year. Comparison of patients from intervention districts who attended day-centres regularly with patients from control districts before and after implementation of community mental health centres indicated that patients from intervention districts had a reduction in the use of inpatient services, a significant increase in quality of life and a significant decrease in the presence of the negative symptom, alogia. We concluded that implementation of community mental health centres can increase the quality of life for the patients and decrease the frequency of the negative symptom, alogia.

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