Research in East London has influenced public and professional debates on policy and clinical issues in mental health care on local, national and international levels.
Researchers in the Trust published a large number of peer reviewed scientific papers with a range of important results. Most notably, they published the largest study ever to be conducted about a specific aspect of continuity of care, i.e. as the whether the same or different psychiatrists should be responsible for in- and out-patient care (Giacco et al. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, 2018, 1-9). The main result was that continuity of care leads to higher patient satisfaction after hospital admission, but is not linked with significant differences in long term outcomes.
Particular successes of research in the Trust during 2018/19 included a significant milestone for ELFT in service user involvement. The PRIDE study (Curwen et al. Research Involvement and Engagement, 2019, 5:5) was planned, conducted and published in collaboration between service users, clinicians and researchers and may be the first time service users actually not only defined the research topic but were also trained to become the research assistants and conducted the qualitative analysis of data.