Sonia Johnson

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BACKGROUND Little is known about the extent to which work contributes to the recovery of people with schizophrenia. There is increasing interest in the subject because of new service models and the economic cost of unemployment in people with severe mental illness. METHODS A literature search was carried out with the aim of investigating: a). employment(More)
The majority of women with severe mental illness are mothers. Little is known about their experiences and the extent to which their needs are met. Semi-structured interviews were carried out with 22 women with schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder or severe depression with psychotic symptoms in Inner London. Participants’ experiences, views about(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effectiveness of a crisis resolution team. DESIGN Randomised controlled trial. PARTICIPANTS 260 residents of the inner London Borough of Islington who were experiencing crises severe enough for hospital admission to be considered. INTERVENTIONS Acute care including a 24 hour crisis resolution team (experimental group),(More)
BACKGROUND Ethnic variations have previously been identified in the duration of untreated psychosis (DUP) and pathways into psychiatric services. These have not been examined in the context of early intervention services, which may alter these trajectories. AIMS To explore ethnic differences in the nature and duration of pathways into early intervention(More)
BACKGROUND Burden on the relatives of patients with schizophrenia may be influenced not only by patient and caregiver characteristics, but also by differences in mental health service provision. AIMS To analyse whether family burden is affected by national differences in the provision of mental health services. METHOD Patients with schizophrenia and(More)
BACKGROUND Little is known about what characteristics of teams, staff and patients are associated with a favourable outcome of severe mental illness managed by assertive outreach. AIMS To identify predictors of voluntary and compulsory admissions in routine assertive outreach services in the UK. METHOD Nine features of team organisation and policy, five(More)
Background: This study examines whether the adoption of a more community based model in an inner city psychiatry service is accompanied by increasing “burnout”, deteriorating mental health and decreasing job satisfaction amongst staff. Method: Questionnaires were sent annually for 3 consecutive years to all mental health staff working in three adult mental(More)
Very few useful measures of service functioning are as yet available for the evaluation of mental health services. Continuity of care has been identified as “the strategic first choice” for the development of such process measures. The term “continuity” has been used to refer to a variety of important aspects of service functioning, including whether(More)
BACKGROUND The establishment of crisis resolution teams (CRTs) is part of the national mental health policy in several Western countries. The purpose of the present study is to describe characteristics of CRTs and their patients, explore the differences between CRTs, and examine whether the CRTs in Norway are organized according to the international CRT(More)
OBJECTIVE This paper describes the development of an instrument for description and classification of mental health services and for measurement of service use. Purposes to be served by the instrument include: (i) identification of gaps in the spectrum of services in a catchment area; (ii) obtaining background information which may be important to(More)