Personalised support delivered by support workers for people with severe and persistent mental illness: A systematic review of patient outcomes

Siskind, D., Harris, M., Pirkis, J. and Whiteford, H. (2012) Personalised support delivered by support workers for people with severe and persistent mental illness: A systematic review of patient outcomes. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, 21 1: 97-110. doi:10.1017/S2045796011000734


Author Siskind, D.
Harris, M.
Pirkis, J.
Whiteford, H.
Title Personalised support delivered by support workers for people with severe and persistent mental illness: A systematic review of patient outcomes
Journal name Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2045-7960
2045-7979
Publication date 2012-02-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S2045796011000734
Volume 21
Issue 1
Start page 97
End page 110
Total pages 14
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Aims. Personalised support services assist patients with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) to live with functional deficits by providing living skills, emotional support, community access and advocacy. This paper aims to systematically review the evidence for personalised support.

Methods. Systematic searches of Medline, PsycINFO and Google Scholar (inception to March 2011) identified studies investigating patient outcomes for personalised support services. The quality of the selected studies was assessed. The strength of evidence for the three categories of patient outcomes (illness acuity, personal functioning and patient satisfaction) was graded.

Results. Fifteen studies met inclusion criteria with most rated as having moderate or weak study designs. The selected studies evaluated programs for outpatients with SPMI. There was moderate strength of evidence for reducing illness acuity and improving patient satisfaction with services, and weak strength of evidence for improving personal functioning in studies published to date. Most programs delivered multiple service types, and no clear pattern of service types leading to specific patient outcomes could be discerned.

Conclusions. Although evidence published to date for personalised support is of variable quality, it suggests that services may be effective. More research on the effects of personalised support subtypes on patient outcomes is required.
Keyword Severe mental illness
Support
Psychosocial
Outcomes
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 25 November 2011

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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