Lowe, Gillian; Hickling, Frederick W.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Community Health and Psychiatry
Evaluation of the Clinical Outcome of Patients Treated in the Psychiatric Ward of a General Hospital Followed by a Community Mental Health Programme on Discharge from Hospital [Abstract]
West Indian Medical Journal
Date of Publication
52 Suppl. 6
Objcetive: To determine the clinical outcome of acutely mental ill patients admitted toa psychiatric ward who were followed up on discharge by a community mental health service (CMHFUS). Method: On September 1, 2001, a CMHFUS was implemented for patients discharged from the psychiatric ward at the University Hospital of the West Indies in September 1, 2001. Patients were followed respectively for one year after discharge from hospital. The outcome variables included absconding while in hospital, relapse of clinical symptoms following discharge and readmission to hospital. The clinical outcome for the patients (n = 278) admitted from October 1, 2000 to August 31, 2001 ( cohort without CMHFUS), was compared with the clinical outcome of patients (n = 232) admitted from September 1, 2001 to August 31, 2002 (cohort with CMHFUS).....