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Is Organizational Change Associated With Increased Rates of Readmission to General Hospital in Suicide Attempters? A 10Year Prospective Catchment Area Study

Is Organizational Change Associated With Increased Rates of Readmission to General Hospital in Suicide Attempters? A 10Year Prospective Catchment Area

Is Organizational Change Associated With Increased Rates of Readmission to General Hospital in Suicide Attempters? A 10Year Prospective Catchment Area Study   (Citations: 1)
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The objective of this study was to examine predictors for readmissions in patients admitted to a general hospital emergency ward for suicide attempts before and after organizational changes potentially affecting the chain of care. Socio-demographic and clinical variables were collected by clinicians from 1997 thru 2007. Data from the periods before and after 2004—when the hospital changed its catchment area—were compared. A substantial increase in readmission rates in the period after the organizational change was observed. This increase was not associated with any of the socio-demographic or clinical patient characteristics. Although no causal connection can be inferred, the observed association between organizational change and readmission rates could indicate that established post-discharge care systems for suicide attempters may be vulnerable to such change.
Journal: Archives of Suicide Research - ARCH SUICIDE RES , vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 171-181, 2010
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