Occupational performance of people diagnosed with schizophrenia in supported housing and outreach programmes in Australia.
Source: British Journal of Occupational Therapy 69(9):409-419.
Abstract: This comparative study was conducted in order to test the perfomance in activities of daily living (ADL) in patients with schizophrenia in two different settings. A total of 43 subjects, 25 in residential rehabilitation facilities and 18 recieving intensive outreach support were included in the study and interviewed on the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (a performance-based measure of ADL ability) and the Life Skills Profile (an informant-report measure of disability). It was found that many participants (42%) performed ADL tasks with relative ease, efficiency, safety and independence as measured by AMPS, indicating that they could live in housing arrangements with outreach support. However, the ADL process ability measures for two-thirds of these participants indicated that they would struggle in community living in the absence of outreach support. It was concluded that OTs can provide patients with choices of living arrangements for people with schizophrenia.
Institution: School of Occupational Therapy, La Trobe University, Melbourne, VIC 3086, Australia. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org