This study examines the effect of clinical stabilization strategies-medication management and discharge planning-on early readmission of psychiatrically hospitalized adolescents. Controlling for demographic and clinical factors, results showed the risk of readmission was higher for youths who had medications added to an existing medication regimen, were placed in group homes, or discharged to partial hospitalization programs. Overall, findings indicate that stabilization strategies developed collaboratively between psychiatrists and social workers can reduce early readmission. However, improved medication monitoring upon discharge is needed, and the study results raise questions about the use of partial hospitalization to compensate for premature discharge.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Children and adolescents
- Discharge planning
- Inpatient psychiatric
- Medication management