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Methodological issues in assertive community treatment studies

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; Center for Health Policy and Research; Clinical and Population Health Research



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Medical Subject Headings

Bias (Epidemiology); *Community Mental Health Services; Data Interpretation, Statistical; *Deinstitutionalization; Humans; Outcome and Process Assessment (Health Care); numerical data; Psychotic Disorders; Research


Health Services Administration | Health Services Research | Public Health


Recent evaluations of ACT programs have produced equivocal findings, often leading to the invocation of methodological problems as responsible for the lack of positive results. This paper discusses issues of theory and methodology as they pertain to improving research of ACT, with particular attention paid to issues of sampling, process evaluation, measurement, and data analysis.

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Citation: Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1998 Apr;68(2):246-60.

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