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Loss of relational continuity of care in schizophrenia: associations with patient satisfaction and quality of care - Psychosis Research Unit
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Loss of relational continuity of care in schizophrenia: associations with patient satisfaction and quality of care

Loss of relational continuity of care in schizophrenia: associations with patient satisfaction and quality of care

Rahil Sanatinia, Violet Cowan, Kirsten Barnicot, Krysia Zalewska, David Shiers, Stephen J. Cooper, and Mike J. Crawford

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Abstract

Background

Users of mental health service are concerned about changes in clinicians providing their care, but little is known about their impact.

Aims
To examine associations between changes in staff, and patient satisfaction and quality of care.

Method
A national cross-sectional survey of 3379 people aged 18 or over treated in secondary care for schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder.

Results
Nearly 41.9% reported at least one change in their key worker during the previous 12 months and 10.5% reported multiple changes. Those reporting multiple changes were less satisfied with their treatment and less likely to report having a care plan, knowing how to obtain help when in a crisis or to have had recommended physical health assessments.

Conclusions
Frequent changes in staff providing care for people with psychosis are associated with poorer quality of care. Greater efforts need to be made to protect relational continuity of care for such patients.

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