Descriptive study of evolution experienced by users of mental health residence, after 10 years of operation.

Authors:
David Lascorz
David Lascorz
Fundación CPB Salud Mental
Victor Perez
Victor Perez
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Actas Esp Psiquiatr 2018 Jan 1;46(1):12-20. Epub 2018 Jan 1.

Institut de Neuropsiquiatria i Addiccions, Hospital del Mar, IMIM (Institut Hospital del Mar d’Investigacions Mèdiques), CIBERSAM, Departament de Psiquiatria, Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona.

Introduction: The transformation of the social-health benefits system must demonstrate efficiency. The objective of the current work is to evaluate the evolution of those living in a residence during the first 10 years of its operation.

Method: Of the 205 patients used in the assessment, 93 were admitted. The evolutionary study was done with the 62 patients that were cared for between 2002-2012. The variables studied include the ENAR-CPB Scale, days hospitalized, community activities, a satisfaction survey and QOL.

Results: After the assessment process only 45% of those proposed for admission were actually admitted. Resident rotation is 3.4% annually. Many leave the program after being referred to a long-term psychiatric hospital; 14.5% leave the residence in order to have a more autonomous life. After living 2 years in the residence there is a general improvement in the majority of residents, which is maintained after 5 years as well. This improvement is maintained even after 10 years, however a general loss of capacities is experienced.

Conclusions: Living in a Residence favors improvement in the quality of life, both subjectively as well as objectively. Institutional treatment consists of working with the patients in a way that treats them as individuals, so they can go about their lives and perform their tasks with creativity. In order for this to be possible, an individualized and flexible model is required.
January 2018
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