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Patients' views and readmissions 1 year after involuntary hospitalisation

  • Stefan Priebe (a1), Christina Katsakou (a1), Tim Amos (a2), Morven Leese (a3), Richard Morriss (a4), Diana Rose (a3), Til Wykes (a3) and Ksenija Yeeles (a5)...
Abstract
Background

Little is known about the long-term outcome of involuntary admissions to psychiatric hospitals.

Aims

To assess involuntary readmissions and patients' retrospective views of the justification of the admission as 1-year outcomes and to identify factors associated with these outcomes.

Method

Socio-demographic data and readmissions were collected for 1570 involuntarily admitted patients. Within the first week after admission 50% were interviewed, and of these 51% were re-interviewed after 1 year.

Results

At 1 year, 15% of patients had been readmitted involuntarily, and 40% considered their original admission justified. Lower initial treatment satisfaction, being on benefits, living with others and being of African and/or Caribbean origin were associated with higher involuntary readmission rates. Higher initial treatment satisfaction, poorer initial global functioning and living alone were linked with more positive retrospective views of the admission.

Conclusions

Patients' views of treatment within the first week are a relevant indicator for the long-term prognosis of involuntarily admitted patients.

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Professor Stefan Priebe, Academic Unit, Newham Centre for Mental Health, London E13 8SP, UK. Email: S.Priebe@qmul.ac.uk
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None. Funding detailed in Acknowledgements.

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Patients' views and readmissions 1 year after involuntary hospitalisation

  • Stefan Priebe (a1), Christina Katsakou (a1), Tim Amos (a2), Morven Leese (a3), Richard Morriss (a4), Diana Rose (a3), Til Wykes (a3) and Ksenija Yeeles (a5)...
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