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Am J Psychiatry. 1997 Sep;154(9):1302-4.

Assertive community treatment and medication compliance in the homeless mentally ill.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland at Baltimore 21201, USA. ldixon@umabnet.ab.umd.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study describes medication compliance rates among a group of homeless mentally ill subjects who received assertive community treatment.

METHOD:

The medication compliance of 77 homeless persons who had been referred to an assertive community treatment program was prospectively evaluated at baseline and quarterly for 1 year.

RESULTS:

A minority of the cohort (29%) was compliant at entry into the assertive community treatment program. Compliance significantly increased after 3 months (57%) and remained high through the year. Medication compliance was associated with fewer psychiatric symptoms but not with better housing placements or fewer days in the hospital.

CONCLUSIONS:

Medication compliance rates among a cohort of homeless persons with severe mental illness were markedly higher after they entered a program of assertive community treatment.

PMID:
9286194
DOI:
10.1176/ajp.154.9.1302
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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