Evaluating a Case Management Model for People with Severe Mental Illness in Hong Kong: a Preliminary Study

Daniel Fu Keung Wong*, MPM Yeung, CK Ching

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Abstract

To examine the efficacy of a case management model for people with severe mental illness in halfway houses in Hong Kong. Participants and Methods: This study adopted a time-series quasi-experimental design. At time 1, newly formally admitted residents, in their first 3 months at 2 of the halfway houses in which the new case management model had been implemented, were assigned to the experimental group, while newly formally admitted residents of 3 other halfway houses were assigned to the comparison group. Time 2, Time 3 and Time 4 measurements were taken at 6-month intervals after the first interview. We hypothesised that participants who received case management services would have better outcomes in symptomatology, life skills, quality of life, re-hospitalisation rates, and length of re-hospitalisation than those who received standard halfway house services. Results: There were significant time and group effects on symptomatology (F = 7.08, p = 0.02) and life skills (F = 13.22, p < 0.001). No such effects were observed on the quality of life of participants (F = 0.52, p = 0.67). Conclusions: The findings reveal that those who received case management services had fewer rehospitalisations and shorter durations of inpatient treatment. Explanations of the findings and the potential implications are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-17
Number of pages7
JournalHong Kong Journal of Psychiatry
Volume19
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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