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Rural / Northern Health Research




Psychiatric Outreach Service Models in Smaller Communities in Northern Ontario
J.R. Swenson, R.W. Pong, P. Ravitz, R. Cooke, A. Rudnick, P. Montgomery, J.E. Sherman, M.G. Delmege, and P.E. Timony

In this project CRaNHR researchers collaborated with the Ontario Psychiatric Outreach Program (OPOP) to examine models of psychiatric outreach in smaller Northern Ontario communities. Using a mixed method approach that included a systematic review of the literature, a survey of OPOP consultants and local mental health and primary care providers, key informant interviews, and focus groups, the project described and compared models of psychiatric outreach in mental health service delivery, and the factors contributing to the selection of models, in communities both served and not served by OPOP.

The project objectives were to document and explain alternative approaches to increasing access to psychiatric care, particularly outside of large urban settings, as well as the perceived impacts of these approaches on the organization and delivery of local mental health services. The study was the first step towards the development of an evidence-based approach for planning and assessing services provided by OPOP.

(commissioned by the Ontario Psychiatric Outreach Program)

To read the final reports of "Mental Health Services in Smaller Northern Ontario Communities", please visit our Online Reports page:
"A Survey of Psychiatric Outreach Consultants"
"A Survey of Family Health Teams"



(Names in bold denote CRaNHR investigators and research staff.)