Journal article

Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of admissions to women's crisis houses compared with traditional psychiatric wards: pilot patient-preference randomised controlled trial

L Howard, C Flach, M Leese, S Byford, H Killaspy, L Cole, C Lawlor, J Betts, J Sharac, P Cutting, S McNicholas, S Johnson

BRITISH JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2010

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Women's crisis houses have been developed in the UK as a less stigmatising and less institutional alternative to traditional psychiatric wards. AIMS: To examine the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of women's crisis houses by first examining the feasibility of a pilot patient-preference randomised controlled trial (PP-RCT) design (ISRCTN20804014). METHOD: We used a PP-RCT study design to investigate women presenting in crisis needing informal admission. The four study arms were the patient preference arms of women's crisis house or hospital admission, and randomised arms of women's crisis house or hospital admission. RESULTS: Forty-one women entered the randomised arms of the..

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