Evidence-based mental health services for home and community
Home Care Services
Mental Health Services
Current evidence provides promising support for home-based mental health services for older adults whose access to traditional practice-based models of care is limited. Observational, uncontrolled studies report that mental health outreach services may be associated with greater access for mentally ill older people. More rigorous studies report that home and community-based treatment is associated with a reduction in psychiatric symptoms. However, additional studies are needed using rigorous, standardized approaches to measure mental health outcomes and to characterize the intervention. Well-designed, controlled studies may help identify effective and sustainable approaches to providing evidence-based mental health treatment to frail or homebound older adults. © 2005 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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