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Adm Policy Ment Health. 2010 Sep;37(5):433-45. doi: 10.1007/s10488-009-0263-6.

Post-discharge services and psychiatric rehospitalization among children and youth.

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Department of Social Work & Social Ecology, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA 92350, USA. ssjames@llu.edu

Abstract

This study examined risk and determinants of rehospitalization of children and adolescents (n = 186) following a first psychiatric hospitalization. It specifically examined the role of post-discharge services. Data were collected for a 30-month follow-up period through structured telephone interviews with caregivers and case record abstractions. 43% of youth experienced readmissions during the follow-up period. Risk of rehospitalization was highest during the first 30 days following discharge and remained elevated for 3 months. 72% of youth received 284 post-discharge services during the follow-up period, which significantly reduced the risk of rehospitalization. Longer first hospitalizations and a higher risk score at admission increased risk.

PMID:
20063073
PMCID:
PMC3077529
DOI:
10.1007/s10488-009-0263-6
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