Continuity of care for people with non-psychotic disorders

Jocelyn Catty, Naomi Cowan, Zoe Poole, Sarah Clement, Gemma Ellis, Connie Geyer, Pascale Lissouba, Andrew Molodynski, Sarah White, Tom Burns*

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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 languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-27
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Social Psychiatry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013


  • Continuity of care
  • community care
  • non-psychotic disorders


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