The purpose of this study was to examine aspects of the Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT), in Orange County, California, associated with decreased psychiatric hospitalizations and durations of stay.
A quantitative study based on existing data from agency records was conducted with a sample size of 30. The number of hospitalizations and the number of days hospitalized were significantly decreased during enrollment in PACT compared to the year prior to enrollment. It was found that a greater number of contacts with Care Coordinators was associated with a decreased number of hospitalizations. Findings from the current study can lead to further research into other factors that may be beneficial in improving the lives of those with mental illness. Positive results may lead service providers to consider implementing programs such as PACT that incorporate a recovery orientation.
|Advisor:||Potts, Marilyn K.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 47/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Social work|
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