Community mental-health-care for former hospital inpatients - predicting costs from needs and diagnoses

Knapp, Martin R J. and Beecham, Jennifer and Fenyo, Andrew J. and Hallam, Angela (1995) Community mental-health-care for former hospital inpatients - predicting costs from needs and diagnoses. British Journal of Psychiatry, 166 . pp. 10-18. ISSN 0007-1250 . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Background. In the UK the replacement of long-term in-patient care with community-based support has been part of central government health policy for many years. One of the challenges of implementing such a policy is the prediction of support and service needs in the community and the associated costs. Method. Using research data from north London analyses were undertaken to examine the associations between service use and costs in the community and the characteristics of hospital in-patients. Results. Although clinical diagnosis was not a useful predictor of either service utilisation or costs, more than a third of the variation in community care costs could be explained by symptoms, behaviour and personal characteristics at least one year earlier.

Item Type: Article
Additional information: Document Type: Proceedings Paper
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: O.O. Odanye
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2009 13:58
Last Modified: 08 May 2014 15:54
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/19320 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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