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Effectiveness of an intervention to improve day centre services for people with psychiatric disabilities
Lund, Sweden.
Lund, Sweden; Unit for Research and Development, Kronoberg County Council, Växjö, Sweden.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Psychiatry.
Lund, Sweden.
2014 (English)In: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, ISSN 0045-0766, E-ISSN 1440-1630, Vol. 61, no 4, 268-275 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background/aim: Day centres for people with psychiatric disabilities need to be evaluated for effectiveness in order to provide the best possible support. This study aimed at investigating the effectiveness of a tailor-made intervention to improve day centre services for people with psychiatric disabilities.

Methods: The intervention was devised to bridge identified gaps in the services and lasted for 14 months. Eight centres were allotted to the intervention (55 attendees) or comparison condition (51 attendees). Fidelity to the intervention and major events in the day centres were assessed. The outcomes were degree of meaningfulness found in the day centre occupations, satisfaction with the rehabilitation received, satisfaction with everyday occupations and quality of life.

Results: The fidelity to the intervention was good, but more positive events, such as new occupational opportunities, had taken place in the comparison units. No differences were identified between the intervention and the comparison group regarding changes from baseline to the 14-month follow-up in perceived meaningfulness among day centre occupations, satisfaction with everyday occupations or quality of life.

Conclusions: The intervention seemed ineffective, but the positive events in the comparison group resembled the measures included in the tailor-made interventions. This first intervention study in the day centre context has hopefully helped to generate hypotheses and methods for future research.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2014. Vol. 61, no 4, 268-275 p.
Keyword [en]
community-based psychiatry, mental illness, randomised controlled trial, rehabilitation
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-93831DOI: 10.1111/1440-1630.12120ISI: 000341099700008PubMedID: 24571494OAI: diva2:753559
Available from: 2014-10-08 Created: 2014-10-01 Last updated: 2015-06-04Bibliographically approved

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