Journal article

The Nottingham Acute Bed Study: Alternatives to acute psychiatric care

A Beck, TJ Croudace, S Singh, G Harrison

BRITISH JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY | ROYAL COLLEGE OF PSYCHIATRISTS | Published : 1997

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Although modern psychiatric services seek alternatives to hospitalisation wherever appropriate, the national trend toward higher bed occupancies on acute psychiatric wards has refocused attention on community-based alternatives and methods of assessing reed for acute care. METHOD: We surveyed key decision makers in a community-oriented district service with a low acute psychiatric bed to population ratio, in order to examine alternatives to hospitalisation in a cohort of consecutive admissions over a six-month period. RESULTS: Alternatives to acute ward hospitalisation were identified for 29% of admissions, and for 42% of those with an admission duration of more than 60 days. Res..

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