We investigated whether the quality of the therapeutic relationship (TR) between patient and clinician predicts rehospitalization in patients in assertive outreach treatment. Analyses were conducted on 332 “established” (equal to in care for ≥3 months) and 150 “new” (equal to in care for <3 months) patients with severe mental illness sampled from 24 assertive outreach teams in London, England. TR was assessed at baseline using the clinician version of the Helping Alliance Scale. Rehospitalization was assessed over a 9-month follow-up period. Controlling for other predictors, a more positive TR was found to predict fewer hospitalizations in new patients but not in established ones.
*Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry, St. Bartholomew's Medical School, Queen Mary, University of London; and †MRC Biostatistics Unit, Institute of Public Health, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
The work was conducted at the Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry, Barts' and The London School of Medicine, Queen Mary, University of London.
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