Welcome to PsychEd, the psychiatry podcast for medical learners, by medical learners. This episode covers community treatment orders (CTOs) and assertive community treatment (ACT) teams in the context of schizophrenia treatment with Dr. Arash Nakhost a staff psychiatrist who works on the FOCUS ACT team at St. Michael’s Hospital.
The learning objectives for this episode are as follows:
By the end of this episode, the listener will be able to…
Provide a brief description of the history of ACT teams and CTOs, as well as the challenges in establishing evidence for their use
Compare and contrast ACT teams with intensive case management teams in terms of their composition, methods, and respective strengths and weaknesses
Describe the array of services that an ACT team can help provide to its clients as well as some of the challenges and drawbacks of ACT teams
Outline the major reasons someone might be put on a community treatment order and describe how a CTO is applied and enforced
Outline the major challenges in using CTOs as a treatment tool
Guest staff psychiatrist: Dr. Arash Nakhost (St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto)
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