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A study by psychiatrists in Oxford has found that care management of the mentally ill offers no benefits to patients over standard care, writes Liz Hunt.

According to tomorrow's issue of the Lancet, a team of psychiatrists from Warneford Hospital, who studied a group of 80 men and women suffering from schizophrenia and other long-term mental illnesses, found that after 14 months of social services care management, they were no better off in terms of quality of life, employment, social behaviour or severity of psychiatric symptoms than a control group.The only significant difference was a reduction in embarrassing or disruptive behaviour.

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