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Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2008 Jun;117(6):449-54. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.2008.01170.x. Epub 2008 Mar 10.

Clinical case management of revolving door patients - a semi-randomized study.

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Department of Psychiatry, Herzog Hospital, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel. licht@cc.huji.ac.il

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the effectiveness of psychiatric clinical case management.

METHOD:

Subjects with at least three admissions in the previous 2 years were randomized into a clinical case management group (CMG; n = 122) and a standard care group (SCG; n = 95). Individuals who refused or were not located were included in a third, non-randomized no-treatment group (NTG; n = 153). Parameters assessed included utilization of in-patient services and psychosocial functioning.

RESULTS:

We found no difference between the CMG and the SCG in psychosocial functioning as evaluated by interviewers, and no difference between the three groups in hospitalization. In subjects' self-ratings, the CMG showed slight improvement in psychosocial functioning.

CONCLUSION:

Clinical case management did not prove itself superior to standard care in a revolving door population.

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