Journal article

A retrospective quasi-experimental study of a community crisis house for patients with severe and persistent mental illness

Dan Siskind, Meredith Harris, Steve Kisely, James Brogan, Jane Pirkis, David Crompton, Harvey Whiteford

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2013

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: There is increasing international evidence that crisis houses can reduce the time spent in acute psychiatric inpatient units for patients with severe and persistent mental illness, at a lower cost and in an environment preferable to patients. We evaluated the Alternatives to Hospitalisation (AtH) program, a crisis house operating in outer suburban Brisbane. METHODS: One hundred and ninety-three AtH patients were compared to 371 matched controls admitted to a peer hospital district acute psychiatric unit. Hospitalisations, demographics and illness acuity were compared one year before and after an acute index episode of residential care involving hospital and/or AtH. Hospital bed-da..

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