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The characteristics of consumers receiving case management in the community: a review of literature

journal contribution
posted on 2012-01-01, 00:00 authored by B Happell, W Hoey, Cadeyrn GaskinCadeyrn Gaskin
Mental health nurses increasingly provide care for consumers in the community who once would have received treatment in psychiatric inpatient units. The purpose of this review is to determine the characteristics of these consumers. We searched electronic databases and obtained information on some of the characteristics of community mental health consumers. For some nurses, over half of their caseloads are consumers with schizophrenia. Up to about one-third of consumers may be involuntary, but this proportion varies considerably. Impairments of health and social functioning appear common among consumers of community mental health services. This study identifies the need for greater interrogation of national databases to enhance understanding of community caseloads.

History

Journal

Issues in mental health nursing

Volume

33

Pagination

145-148

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

0161-2840

eISSN

1096-4673

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article, C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2012, Informa Healthcare

Issue

3

Publisher

Taylor & Francis