Community mental health care for former hospital in-patients: 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 in-patients: predicting costs from needs and diagnoses. British Journal of Psychiatry, 166 (27). pp. 10-18. ISSN 0007-1250. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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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
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Depositing User: R. Bass
Date Deposited: 21 May 2011 01:06
Last Modified: 08 May 2014 15:54
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/26905 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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