Use of generic social services and social integration of patients with a severe mental illness in Belgium: Individual and services network determinants

Last updated on 3-4-2023 by Pierre Smith

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Background: Patients with severe mental illnesses (SMI) have low levels of social integration, which could be improved if they used social services. To our knowledge, however, the extent to which they use generic social services remains unknown. Aims: We assessed the extent to which patients with SMI use generic social services and the factors that may drive that usage. Method: In 2014, we carried out a multi-setting clustered survey of patients with severe mental disorders (n = 1,019, participation rate = 71%) and of services (n = 517, participation rate = 53%) in 19 networks of serv…

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