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In-patient rehabilitation: clinical outcomes and cost implications

  • Mel Bunyan (a1), Yogesh Ganeshalingam (a1), Ehab Morgan (a1), Donvé Thompson-Boy (a1), Rebekah Wigton (a2), Frank Holloway (a3) and Derek K. Tracy (a1) (a2)...
Abstract
Aims and method

A retrospective evaluation was undertaken of the clinical and economic effectiveness of three in-patient rehabilitation units across one London National Health Service trust. Information on admission days and costs 2 years before and 2 years after the rehabilitation placement, length of rehabilitation placement and the discharge pathway was collected on 22 service users.

Results

There were statistically significant reductions in hospital admission days in the 2 years following rehabilitation compared with the 2 years before, further reflected in significantly lower bed costs. Longer length of rehabilitation placement was correlated with fewer admission days after the placement. A substantial proportion of the sample went into more independent living, some with no further admissions at follow-up.

Clinical implications

The findings suggest that in-patient rehabilitation is both clinically and cost effective: if benefits are sustained they will offset the cost of the rehabilitation placement.

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This is an open-access article published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Correspondence to Derek K. Tracy (derek.tracy@oxleas.nhs.uk)
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Declaration of interest

M.B. was a member of the Expert Reference Group for the Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health guidance for commissioners of rehabilitation services. E.M. is a member of the executive committee of the Faculty of Rehabilitation and Social Psychiatry of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. M.B., Y.G., E.M. and D.T-B. work in the rehabilitation services evaluated.

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In-patient rehabilitation: clinical outcomes and cost implications

  • Mel Bunyan (a1), Yogesh Ganeshalingam (a1), Ehab Morgan (a1), Donvé Thompson-Boy (a1), Rebekah Wigton (a2), Frank Holloway (a3) and Derek K. Tracy (a1) (a2)...
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