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The Effectiveness of Supported Employment for People With Severe Mental Illness: an RCT in Six European Countries (EQOLISE)

This study has been completed.
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First received: April 16, 2007
Last updated: NA
Last verified: April 2007
History: No changes posted
The primary aim of the study was to determine the effectiveness of a form of supported employment, Individual Placement and Support (IPS) compared to existing good quality rehabilitation and vocational services for people with psychotic illnesses in terms of ‘open’ employment outcomes (in the competitive labour market), and to examine its relative effectiveness in the context of different European welfare systems and labour markets. The primary hypothesis was that IPS patients would be more likely to obtain open employment than control service patients. Secondary hypotheses were that they would be in open employment for longer than the control patients, and that they would not spend more time in hospital.

Condition Intervention
Psychosis Procedure: Individual placement and support (vocational rehabilitation)

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Enhancing the Quality of Life and Independence of Persons Disabled by Severe Mental Illness Through Supported Employment

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Further study details as provided by University of Oxford:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • sucessful employment for one day in the open labour market

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • duration of employment
  • psychiatric hospitalisation
  • well-being

Estimated Enrollment: 300
Study Start Date: April 2003
Study Completion Date: November 2005
Detailed Description:
An RCT was conducted in six European centres: London (UK), Ulm-Guenzburg (Germany), Rimini (Italy), Zurich (Switzerland), Groningen (the Netherlands) and Sofia (Bulgaria). Patients were included if they had a diagnosis of SMI (psychotic illness including bipolar disorder), were aged 18 to retirement age, had been ill and had major role dysfunction for at least two years, were living in the community at baseline, had not been in competitive employment in the preceding year and expressed the desire to enter competitive employment. They were randomly allocated to receive either IPS or the ‘Vocational Service’ (control service). Given the need to consider the impact of gender and work history on vocational outcomes (20), service allocation was stratified by centre, gender and work history (more or less than a month’s competitive employment in the five years prior to baseline). Randomisation was conducted centrally using MINIM Version 1.5. A researcher at each centre recruited the patients, submitted them to the statistician for randomisation and received the allocation by email. The allocation sequence was concealed until the services had been assigned, but it was not possible for patients, professionals or researchers to be blind to service allocation thereafter.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 55 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • pscychotic illness of at least a years duration
  • unemployed for at least a year

Exclusion Criteria:

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00461318

United Kingdom
Division of mental health, St Georges medical school, university of london
London, United Kingdom, SW17 0RE
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Oxford
Study Director: jocelyn catty, DPhil St Georges Medical School, university of london
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Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number): Identifier: NCT00461318     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: QLRT-2001-00683
Study First Received: April 16, 2007
Last Updated: April 16, 2007

Keywords provided by University of Oxford:
vocational rehabilitation
cross country comparison

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Psychotic Disorders
Mental Disorders
Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders processed this record on August 17, 2017