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NCJ Number: 230041 Find in a Library
Title: Effects of Medication Management and Discharge Planning on Early Readmission of Psychiatrically Hospitalized Adolescents
Journal: Social Work in Mental Health  Volume:8  Issue:2  Dated:March - April 2010  Pages:117-133
Author(s): Cynthia A. Fontanella, Ph.D.; Kathleen J. Pottick, Ph.D.; Lynn A. Warner, Ph.D.; John V. Campo, Ph.D.
Date Published: April 2010
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Annie E. Casey Foundation
Baltimore, MD 21202
National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
Grant Number: MH-16242
Document: PDF
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the multiple stablization approaches used in psychiatric hospitals for adolescents and the outcome of such methods.
Abstract: This study examines the effect of clinical stabilization strategies — medication management and discharge planning — on early readmission of psychiatrically hospitalized adolescents. Controlling for demographic and clinical factors, results showed the risk of readmission was higher for youths who had medications added to an existing medication regimen, were placed in group homes, or discharged to partial hospitalization programs. Overall, findings indicate that stabilization strategies developed collaboratively between psychiatrists and social workers can reduce early readmission. However, improved medication monitoring upon discharge is needed, and the study results raise questions about the use of partial hospitalization to compensate for premature discharge. Tables and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Juvenile mental health services
Index Term(s): Adolescents at risk; Emotional disorders; Juvenile psychological evaluation; Psychiatric services; Psychological evaluation
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