The Client Experience of Assertive Community Treatment: A Qualitative Study

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Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) has demonstrated effectiveness in reducing hospital days for persons with schizophrenia. Utilizing depth interviews and Grounded Theory techniques (Strauss & Corbin, 1998), client reactions to this intensive form of treatment delivery were explored. This study illustrates the importance of the relationship between treatment providers and persons with schizophrenia. As providers assisted clients with practical needs, clients began to develop trust, which fostered a sense of belonging and relationship, leading toward a positive motivation regarding treatment.

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