Continuity of care for people with non-psychotic disorders.
Catty J., Cowan N., Poole Z., Clement S., Ellis G., Geyer C., Lissouba P., Molodynski A., White S., Burns T.
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.