people with severe mental health problems

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Impact of social isolation on people with severe mental health problems

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Ankie Lempens, Aafje Knispel, Aniek de Lange, Marianne van Bakel, Lex Hulsbosch, Hans Kroon, mmv. Anneke van Wamel

Around 300,000 Dutch people with severe psychiatric health issues who have been used to receive home care are currently facing enormous uncertainties. The impact of social isolation on these groups and their caretakers is unclear. This subproject focusses on: 1) clients who are used to having day activities or sheltered work; 2) clients of outreach services (such as Flexible Assertive Community treatment (FACT) or “bemoeizorg”); 3) clients in residential facilities; 4) people who should receive crisis care (such as Intensive Home Treatment (IHT). Among them are subgroups of specific concern, such as people that suffer from anxiety, dual disorders (including substance use disorder), and patients that normally receive long-acting injectable antipsychotic medication.

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