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Psychiatric readmissions in a community-based sample of patients with mental disorders

  • Author(s): Vijayaraghavan, M
  • Messer, K
  • Xu, Z
  • Sarkin, A
  • Gilmer, TP
  • et al.
Abstract

Objective: This study examined whether receipt of outpatient psychiatric services after hospital discharge was associated with reduced risk of readmission. Methods: Treatment records from patients admitted to San Diego County psychiatric hospitals over a one-year period were obtained from the San Diego County Behavioral Health Services electronic health record system. A discrete-time proportional hazards model was used to examine the association of receipt of outpatient psychiatric services with readmission within 30 days of discharge from the index hospitalization. Results: Of the 4,663 patients, 16% were readmitted within 30 days. In an adjusted model, receipt of outpatient therapy after discharge was associated with a greater likelihood of being readmitted (hazard ratio=1.36, 95% confidence interval=1.14-1.67), whereas receipt of case management or medication management was not associated with readmission. Conclusions: The differential risk of readmission by service type suggests a need for studies that explore reasons for an increased risk of readmission with certain types of services.

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