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The effectiveness of supported housing and accommodation for people with mental health problems

This paper provides a review of research into the effectiveness of supported housing and accommodation for people with mental health problems. The document is intended for practitioners who work with people with mental health problems to help inform their work.

It includes:

  • An overview of the quantity and quality of the research in this area
  • A summary of the studies reviewed
  • Key findings
  • A summary of areas identified for future research
  • A table detailing the research studies reviewed and their relevant findings

To read the review document in full click here

Key Findings:

One of the key findings from the review highlights that amongst the research, various models of community-based supported housing have been associated with positive outcomes including:

  • improved quality of life
  • improved functioning
  • social integration and inclusion
  • more extensive social networks
  • increased satisfaction; reduced negative symptoms
  • increased participation in work and education
  • increased autonomy
  • improved self-esteem and happiness
  • reduced challenging behaviour
  • increased confidence
  • relapse prevention

This document is part of a series of 'introduction to research’ papers produced for Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I).

Other documents within the series include:

C&I’s academics have a strong track record in research around social interventions for people with mental ill health. The papers do not claim to be a comprehensive account of all evidence available in this area. Instead they are provided for those who are keen to know what research already exists, where to find it and what areas might usefully be further explored.

Our thanks to Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust for agreeing to share the work.

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