Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 44, Issue 4, pp 271–281

Patients’ Report of Help Provided by Relatives and Services to Meet Their Needs

  • Marie-Josée Fleury
  • Guy Grenier
  • Jean Caron
  • Alain Lesage
Original Paper


This article analyzes help provided by relatives and/or services to the needs of individuals with severe mental illness who have, versus do not have, regular contact with family. Factors that influence help are also examined. Data collection is based on a random sample of 186 Quebec outpatients. Patients’ needs were assessed using the Camberwell Assessment of Need. Relatives provided adequate help for social and functioning needs, adequately complementing services in other needs categories. Six sociodemographic variables influence help from relatives, only one affects help from services. The role of relatives is identified as important in meeting patients’ needs, either solely or jointly with services.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marie-Josée Fleury
    • 1
  • Guy Grenier
    • 1
  • Jean Caron
    • 1
  • Alain Lesage
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, Douglas Hospital Research CentreMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry, Centre de Recherche Fernand-Seguin, Hôpital Louis-H. LafontaineUniversity of MontrealMontrealCanada

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