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The study examined the 12-month effectiveness of continuous therapeutic assertive community treatment (ACT) as part of integrated care (IC) compared to standard care (SC) in a catchment area comparison design in patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorders (SSD) treated with quetiapine IR.
Two catchment areas in Hamburg, Germany with similar population size and health care structures were assigned to offer 12-month ACT (& IC; Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf) or SC (Asklepios Hospital, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy) to 120 first-episode and negatively selected multiple-episode patients with SSD. Primary outcome was the time to Service Disengagement. Secondary outcomes comprised medication non-adherence, improvements of symptoms, functioning, quality of life, satisfaction with care from patients and relatives perspectives, and service use data.
Allocation: Non-Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment
Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)
University Medical Center Hamburg
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:15:25-0400
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