A domains-based taxonomy of supported accommodation for people with severe and persistent mental illness

Siskind, Dan, Harris, Meredith, Pirkis, Jane and Whiteford, Harvey (2013) A domains-based taxonomy of supported accommodation for people with severe and persistent mental illness. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 48 6: 875-894. doi:10.1007/s00127-012-0590-x

Author Siskind, Dan
Harris, Meredith
Pirkis, Jane
Whiteford, Harvey
Title A domains-based taxonomy of supported accommodation for people with severe and persistent mental illness
Journal name Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0933-7954
Publication date 2013-06-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s00127-012-0590-x
Volume 48
Issue 6
Start page 875
End page 894
Total pages 20
Place of publication Heidelberg, Germany
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Purpose: A lack of definitional clarity in supported accommodation and the absence of a widely accepted system for classifying supported accommodation models creates barriers to service planning and evaluation.

Methods: We undertook a systematic review of existing supported accommodation classification systems. Using a structured system for qualitative data analysis, we reviewed the stratification features in these classification systems, identified the key elements of supported accommodation and arranged them into domains and dimensions to create a new taxonomy. The existing classification systems were mapped onto the new taxonomy to verify the domains and dimensions.

Results: Existing classification systems used either a service-level characteristic or programmatic approach. We proposed a taxonomy based around four domains: duration of tenure; patient characteristics; housing characteristics; and service characteristics. All of the domains in the taxonomy were drawn from the existing classification structures; however, none of the existing classification structures covered all of the domains in the taxonomy.

Conclusions: Existing classification systems are regionally based, limited in scope and lack flexibility. A domains-based taxonomy can allow more accurate description of supported accommodation services, aid in identifying the service elements likely to improve outcomes for specific patient populations, and assist in service planning.
Keyword Supported accommodation
Mental illness
Health services
Community mental health
Literature review
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 2 October 2012.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2013 Collection
School of Public Health Publications
School of Medicine Publications
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 3 times in Thomson Reuters Web of Science Article | Citations
Scopus Citation Count Cited 2 times in Scopus Article | Citations
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Created: Wed, 09 Jan 2013, 01:17:47 EST by Geraldine Fitzgerald on behalf of School of Public Health