Lowe, Gillian; Hickling, Frederick W.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Deaprtment of Community Health and Psychiatry
Evaluation of the Effects of an Open-Door Policy on the Clinical Outcome of Patients Treated in a Psychiatric Ward of a General Hospital. [Abstract]
West Indian Medical Journal
Date of Publication
52 Suppl. 6
Objective: To evaluate the efficacy of an Open Door Policy (ODP) management system on the clinical outcome of patients managed on the psychiatric ward, University Hospital of the West Indies. Methods: An ODP was implemented in October, 2000. The ODP included daily therapeutic community meetings, art, music and drama therapy, and open-door access to the community. Patients admitted from October 2000 to September, 2001 were followed prospectively for one year. Demographic, clinical and outcome variables were collected and analyzed. Retrospective data from patients who absconded from the unit for the period October 1999 to September 2000 was also collected.....