New directions in research on assertive community treatment

C. A. Taube, L. Morlock, B. J. Burns, A. B. Santos

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Abstract

Evaluation of assertive community treatment programs has demonstrated that they are highly effective in reducing the need for psychiatric hospitalization of chronic mentally ill patients. However, the programs also tend to cost more than traditional outpatient care, and their impact on other areas of patient functioning is not clear. The authors believe more rigorous studies of the programs are needed before policymakers can properly evaluate their role in the overall mix of services. Future studies should extend previous research by comparing the programs to current state-of-the-art treatment in community mental health centers or county mental health programs; assessing the total system costs of assertive community treatment programs, as well as the amount of cost shifting by payers; analyzing outcomes of clients in mature programs over longer time periods; standardizing the measurement of various client outcomes; and determining the impact of individual program elements-alone and in combination-on different subgroups of clients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)642-647
Number of pages6
JournalHospital and Community Psychiatry
Volume41
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990

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Community Mental Health Services
Cost Allocation
Community Mental Health Centers
Costs and Cost Analysis
Mentally Ill Persons
Ambulatory Care
Research
Psychiatry
Mental Health
Hospitalization
Direction compound
Therapeutics

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Taube, C. A., Morlock, L., Burns, B. J., & Santos, A. B. (1990). New directions in research on assertive community treatment. Hospital and Community Psychiatry, 41(6), 642-647.

New directions in research on assertive community treatment. / Taube, C. A.; Morlock, L.; Burns, B. J.; Santos, A. B.

In: Hospital and Community Psychiatry, Vol. 41, No. 6, 01.01.1990, p. 642-647.

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Taube, CA, Morlock, L, Burns, BJ & Santos, AB 1990, 'New directions in research on assertive community treatment', Hospital and Community Psychiatry, vol. 41, no. 6, pp. 642-647.
Taube CA, Morlock L, Burns BJ, Santos AB. New directions in research on assertive community treatment. Hospital and Community Psychiatry. 1990 Jan 1;41(6):642-647.
Taube, C. A. ; Morlock, L. ; Burns, B. J. ; Santos, A. B. / New directions in research on assertive community treatment. In: Hospital and Community Psychiatry. 1990 ; Vol. 41, No. 6. pp. 642-647.
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