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Assertive community treatment-Issues from scientific and clinical literature with implications for practice

Alan Rosen, FRANZCP, MB, BS, et al.

Assertive community treatment (ACT) is one of today's most effective models for organizing clinical and functional treatment in psychiatry. It is an integral component of the care of persons with severe mental illness. Drawing on international research, we reviewed ACT and examined the trends and issues that affect the implementation of ACT. Evidence shows that the most effective case-management models include many ACT features, are noncoercive, use a wide range of interventions, contain other evidence-based interventions, involve individual and team case management, may involve consumers as direct service providers, and have an interdisciplinary workforce and support structure for staff.


Volume 44 Number 6, 2007
Pages 813 — 826


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