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Aust N Z J Ment Health Nurs. 1995 Dec;4(4):168-80.

Transdisciplinary collaboration of academia and practice in the area of serious mental illness.

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San Jose State University College of Applied Sciences and Arts School of Nursing, California 95192-0057, USA.


The Transdisciplinary Collaboration Project at San Jose State University in San Jose, California, focuses on providing high-quality services for persons with serious mental illness living in the community while preparing future mental health professionals to practise in an environment of cultural diversity and cost containment. Rehospitalization and emergency psychiatric services were decreased and community tenure increased at two board and care sites. The total cost savings for 1 year for 25 individuals was $373,830. Nursing, communication disorders, occupational therapy, social work, and therapeutic recreation students and faculty provided over 5000 hours of direct care during the 1993-95 academic years. Studies on client and student satisfaction revealed high levels of satisfaction. Unique components of the project include university organized transdisciplinary seminars for students, agency personnel and, when appropriate, residents, faculty practice, faculty led groups, employment for former clients/consumers and faculty consultation services.

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