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dc.contributor.authorSveticic, Jerneja
dc.contributor.authorTurner, Kathryn
dc.contributor.authorBethi, Shailendhra
dc.contributor.authorKrishnaiah, Ravikumar
dc.contributor.authorWilliams, Lee
dc.contributor.authorAlmeida-Crasto, Alice
dc.contributor.authorStapelberg, Nicolas JC
dc.contributor.authorRoy, Samit
dc.description.abstractINTRODUCTION: Past evaluations of psychiatric short stay units have shown positive outcomes for patients, yet very little is known about the factors related to readmissions. METHODS: A Short Stay Pathway (SSP) has been introduced on the Gold Coast, Australia, for patients in acute mental health crisis with admissions of up to 3 days. Rates of readmissions within 28 days were compared for SSP patients (N = 678), and a diagnosis-matched control group of patients from acute mental health beds (N = 1356). Demographic and clinical factors were considered as predictors of subsequent readmissions. RESULTS: Average length of stay for SSP patients was 3.4 days, compared to 7.6 days in the control group. 10.6% of SSP patients and 18.4% of the control group were readmitted within 28 days (P < .001). For both groups, a 7-day follow up significantly reduced readmissions (P < .05). Indigenous patients on SSP had higher odds of readmissions than non-Indigenous patients (P < .05), and a diagnosis of a personality disorder increased readmission in the control group but not the SSP group (P < .001). DISCUSSION: SSP reduced repeated hospitalizations for patients in acute crisis by 42%. An identification of factors related to future admissions can inform future tailoring of this model of care to subgroups of patients.
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing
dc.relation.ispartofjournalAsia-Pacific Psychiatry
dc.subject.fieldofresearchClinical sciences
dc.titleShort stay unit for patients in acute mental health crisis: A case-control study of readmission rates
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dcterms.bibliographicCitationSveticic, J; Turner, K; Bethi, S; Krishnaiah, R; Williams, L; Almeida-Crasto, A; Stapelberg, NJC; Roy, S, Short stay unit for patients in acute mental health crisis: A case-control study of readmission rates, Asia-Pacific Psychiatry, 2019
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gro.griffith.authorSveticic, Jerneja

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