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BACKGROUND: Service users with non-psychotic disorders are rarely studied. How continuity of care functions for this group is unknown. AIMS: To compare users of community mental health teams with non-psychotic disorders to those with psychotic disorders in terms of demographic and illness characteristics, continuity of care and clinical and social functioning. METHODS: Service users with non-psychotic disorders (N = 98) were followed up for one year and compared to 180 service users with psychotic disorders. Continuity of care factors were tested for association with user, illness and service variables. RESULTS: Service users with non-psychotic disorders experienced more care transitions, but there were no differences in team practices in relation to these two different groups. CONCLUSION: The underlying concepts of continuity of care derived from users with psychotic disorders appear to be meaningful for users with non-psychotic disorders. Their greater likelihood of experiencing disruptive and distressing care transitions needs to be addressed.

Original publication




Journal article


Int J Soc Psychiatry

Publication Date





18 - 27


Adult, Chronic Disease, Cohort Studies, Community Mental Health Centers, Continuity of Patient Care, Female, Follow-Up Studies, Health Services Needs and Demand, Hospitalization, Humans, Male, Mental Disorders, Middle Aged, Patient Care Team, Patient Discharge, Psychotic Disorders, Quality of Life, Social Adjustment, Treatment Outcome, United Kingdom