Abstract

Early rehospitalization is common in schizophrenia. Given the impact on cost containment, there is an urgent need to identify the predictors of rehospitalization. This study aims to examine the association between the frequency of timely outpatient visits and the likelihood of early rehospitalization in schizophrenia patients. After adjusting for gender, age, substance use, and length of stay, patients failing to attend any outpatient appointments within 2 months after discharge had significantly higher rehospitalization rates than those attending at least 1 appointment. Thus, timely outpatient visits, shortly after discharge, may be associated with a decreased risk of rehospitalizations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)494-497
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Volume78
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008

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Schizophrenia
Outpatients
Appointments and Schedules
Cost Control
Length of Stay
Costs
Predictors
Length
Containment
Substance Use

Keywords

  • outpatient
  • rehospitalization
  • schizophrenia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)

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