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Alonso-Solís, A., Ochoa, S., Grasa, E., Rubinstein, K., Caspi, A., Farkas, K., … Group, m-R. (2020). A Method to Compare the Delivery of Psychiatric Care for People with Treatment-Resistant Schizophrenia. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(20), 7527. doi:10.3390/ijerph17207527

A method to compare the delivery of psychiatric care for people with treatment-resistant schizophrenia

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Author: Alonso-Solís, Anna1,2; Ochoa, Susana2,3; Grasa, Eva1,2;
Organizations: 1Psychiatry Department, Institutd’ Investigació Biomèdica-Sant Pau (IIB-SANT PAU), Hospital de la Santa CreuiSant Pau; Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), 08193 Barcelona, Spain
2CIBERSAM, Biomedical Research Networking Centre Consortium on Mental Health, 28029 Madrid, Spain
3Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu, 08830 Sant Boi Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain
4The Gertner Institute of Epidemiology and Health Policy Research, Sheba Medical Center, Tel-Aviv University, 6997801 Tel Aviv, Israel
5Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Semmelweis University, 1083 Budapest, Hungary
6Centre for Life Course Health Research, University of Oulu, 90570 Oulu, Finland
7Department of Psychiatry, Oulu University Hospital, 90220 Oulu, Finland
8South Carelia Social and Health Care District, Psychiatric and Substance Use Services, 53130 Lappeenranta, Finland
9TicSalut Health Department, Generalitat de Catalunya 08005 Barcelona, Spain
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Published: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-11-24


Introduction: Community services are gaining ground when it comes to attention to patients with psychiatric diseases. Regarding patients with treatment-resistant schizophrenia (TRS), the use of information and communication technology (ICT) could help to shift the focus from hospital-centered attention to community services. This study compares the differences in mental health services provided for patients with TRS in Budapest (Hungary), Tel-Aviv (Israel) and Catalonia (Spain) by means of a method for the quick appraisal of gaps among the three places, for a potential implementation of the same ICT tool in these regions. Methods: An adapted version of the Description and Standardised Evaluation of Services and Directories in Europe for Long Term Care (DESDE-LTC) instrument was made by researchers in Semmelweis University (Budapest, Hungary), Gertner Institute (Tel-Aviv, Israel) and Hospital de la Santa Creu I Sant Pau and Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu (Catalonia, Spain). Results: Two types of outpatient care services were available in the three regions. Only one type of day-care facility was common in the whole study area. Two residential care services, one for acute and the other for non-acute patients were available in every region. Finally, two self-care and volunteer-care facilities were available in the three places. Conclusion: Although the availability of services was different in each region, most of the services provided were sufficiently similar to allow the implementation of the same ICT solution in the three places.

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The m-RESIST Group

The m-RESIST Group is composed of:

Francisco Alcalde

Enrico d’Amico

Caritat Almazán

Anna Alonso-Solís

Jesús Berdún

István Bitter

Walter Baccinelli

Chiara Bonizzi

María Bulgheroni

Johanna Caro Mendivelso

Asaf Caspi

Tanguy Coenen

Anat Cohen

Xavier Constant

Iluminada Corripio

Marisol Escobar

Kinga Farkas

Kata Fazekas

Yoram Feldman

Emmanuel Gimenez

Shenja van der Graaf

Eva Grasa

Levente Herman

Margarita Hospedales

Elena Huerta-Ramos

Matti Isohanni

Erika Jääskeläinen

Charlotte Jewel

Teija Juola

Timo Jämsä

Rachelle Kaye

Panagiotis Kokkinakis

Hannu J. Koponen

Silvia Marcó

Gregoris Mentzas

Jouko Miettunen

Jani Moilanen

Susana Ochoa

Ilias Papas

Fotis Paraskevopoulos

Elisabeth Reixach

Alexandra Roldán

Katya Rubinstein

Elena Rubio-Abadal

Garifalia Sebú

Annika Seppälä

Jussi Seppälä

Valentina Simonetti

Matthias Stevens

Vittorio Tauro

Anna Triantafillou

Zsolt Szabolcs Unoka

Judith Usall

Vincenzo Vella

David Vermeir

Ilaria de Vita

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Series: International journal of environmental research and public health
ISSN: 1661-7827
ISSN-E: 1660-4601
ISSN-L: 1661-7827
Volume: 17
Issue: 20
Article number: 7527
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17207527
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
3124 Neurology and psychiatry
Funding: This work has been supported by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union (grant number 643552). This research was also funded by ONA CORPORATION.
EU Grant Number: (643552) m-RESIST - Mobile Therapeutic Attention for Patients with Treatment Resistant Schizophrenia
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