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BAUMGARTNER, Joy Noel; SILVA, Tatiana Fernandes Carpinteiro da; VALENCIA, Eliecer  and  SUSSER, Ezra. Measuring social integration in a pilot randomized controlled trial of critical time: intervention-task shifting in Latin America. Cad. saúde colet. [online]. 2012, vol.20, n.4, pp.436-439. ISSN 1414-462X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1414-462X2012000400005.

Global mental health movements increasingly highlight the importance of social integration for individuals living with severe mental illnesses. However, this important individual-level outcome is rarely measured in programs. As part of RedeAmericas, a pilot regional randomized controlled trial of critical time intervention - task shifting - will be conducted, which includes social integration as an outcome measure. It is a time-limited care coordination model to enhance continuity of support for people with severe mental illness during critical periods of transition. Given the challenges of measuring social integration, particularly for a multi-country study with unique cultural contexts, this paper has described the measurement approach used to create a composite measure that uses items from disability and quality of life instruments in addition to other key items.

Keywords : social isolation; mental health; interpersonal relations.

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