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Title: Network coordination following discharge from psychiatric inpatient treatment : a study protocol
Authors : von Wyl, Agnes
Heim, Gisela
Rüsch, Nicolas
Rössler, Wulf
Andreae, Andreas
Published in : BMC Psychiatry
Volume(Issue) : 13
Issue : 220
Publisher / Ed. Institution : BioMed Central
Issue Date: 2013
License (according to publishing contract) : CC BY 2.0: Namensnennung 2.0 Generic
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
Subject (DDC) : 362: Health and social services
Abstract: Background: Inadequate discharge planning following inpatient stays is a major issue in the provision of a high standard of care for patients who receive psychiatric treatment. Studies have shown that half of patients who had no pre-discharge contact with outpatient services do not keep their first outpatient appointment. Additionally, discharged patients who are not well linked to their outpatient care networks are at twice the risk of re-hospitalization. The aim of this study is to investigate if the Post-Discharge Network Coordination Program at ipw has a demonstrably significant impact on the frequency and duration of patient re-hospitalization. Subjects are randomly assigned to either the treatment group or to the control group. The treatment group participates in the Post-Discharge Network Coordination Program. The control group receives treatment as usual with no additional social support. Further outcome variables include: social support, change in psychiatric symptoms, quality of life, and independence in daily functioning. Methods/design: The study is conducted as a randomized controlled trial. Subjects are randomly assigned to either the control group or to the treatment group. Computer generated block randomization is used to assure both groups have the same number of subjects. Stratified block randomization is used for the psychiatric diagnosis of ICD-10, F1. Approximately 160 patients are recruited in two care units at Psychiatrie-Zentrum Hard Embrach and two care units at Klinik Schlosstal Winterthur. Discussion: The proposed post-discharge network coordination program intervenes during the critical post-discharge period. It focuses primarily on promoting the integration of the patients into their social networks, and additionally to coordinating outpatient care and addressing concerns of daily life.
Departement: Angewandte Psychologie
Organisational Unit: Psychological Institute (PI)
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.1186/1471-244X-13-220
ISSN: 1471-244X
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