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SOUZA, Flávia Mitkiewicz de et al. Monitoring of patients within the schizophrenia spectrum: adaptation of intervention for transition periods ("Critical Time Intervention") for the Brazilian context in psychosocial care centers in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Cad. saúde colet. [online]. 2012, vol.20, n.4, pp.427-435. ISSN 1414-462X.

The continuity of care for patients with severe and persistent mental disorders depends on the ease of access to services. The notion of continuity of care also implies that services indicate existence of comprehensive services for crisis intervention, residential treatment, different treatment devices, leisure opportunities and social support networks, and that they offer transportation for physical access services offered. Studies show that good continuity of care is associated with better quality of life, better social functioning, lower severity of symptoms and greater satisfaction with services. This article presents the results of the pilot study that aimed to adapt "Critical Time Intervention" (CTI) to the Brazilian context and tested its viability with people with schizophrenia spectrum disorders treated in Psychosocial Care Centers in the city of Rio de Janeiro. The research design included three interrelated phases. The aim of this paper is to describe the work done in Phase 3 - implementation of the intervention - by analyzing the results of the monitoring of 20 schizophrenic patients in four Rio de Janeiro Psychosocial Care Centers as part of CTI-Br.

Keywords : mental health services; schizophrenia; continuity of patient care.

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