What is assertive community treatment for schizophrenia?

Updated: Mar 16, 2018
  • Author: Frances R Frankenburg, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Assertive community treatment is a form of case management that is typically used for patients who have had multiple hospitalizations. The treatment involves active outreach to patients. Case managers usually have a fairly small outpatient load (about 10 patients) and are able to go into the community to work with their clients. The managers coordinate and integrate care by doing the following: they identify indications for treatment, make referrals to appropriate services, and promote engagement with interventions. This form of treatment is expensive but may be associated with better clinical and social outcomes and lower hospitalization rates.


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