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Factors influencing use of community treatment orders and quality of care that people receive: results of a national survey in England and Wales

  • Harry Lei (a1), Kirsten Barnicot (a1), Emily Maynard (a2), Angela Etherington (a2), Krysia Zalewska (a2), Alan Quirk (a2), Rahil Sanatinia (a1), Stephen J. Cooper (a2) and Mike J. Crawford (a2)...

Abstract

Aims and method

We conducted a secondary analysis of data from the National Audit of Psychosis to identify factors associated with use of community treatment orders (CTOs) and assess the quality of care that people on CTOs receive.

Results

Between 1.1 and 20.2% of patients in each trust were being treated on a CTO. Male gender, younger age, greater use of in-patient services, coexisting substance misuse and problems with cognition predicted use of CTOs. Patients on CTOs were more likely to be screened for physical health, have a current care plan, be given contact details for crisis support, and be offered cognitive–behavioural therapy.

Clinical implications

CTOs appear to be used as a framework for delivering higher-quality care to people with more complex needs. High levels of variation in the use of CTOs indicate a need for better evidence about the effects of this approach to patient care.

Declaration of interest

None.

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This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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Correspondence to Professor Mike Crawford (m.crawford@imperial.ac.uk)

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Factors influencing use of community treatment orders and quality of care that people receive: results of a national survey in England and Wales

  • Harry Lei (a1), Kirsten Barnicot (a1), Emily Maynard (a2), Angela Etherington (a2), Krysia Zalewska (a2), Alan Quirk (a2), Rahil Sanatinia (a1), Stephen J. Cooper (a2) and Mike J. Crawford (a2)...
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