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Objective: This study examined predictors of hospital readmission to determine whether readmissions can serve as a quality indicator for an inpatient psychiatric service. Method: A series of 255 patients consecutively admitted to any of seven psychiatric hospitals in a regional managed care program were followed to determine whether they were readmitted within 6 months of discharge. Case managers assessed patients with the use of a reliable outcome management/decision support system designeddoi:10.1176/ajp.154.3.337 pmid:9054780 fatcat:ihtbsfbtrzckfhvwkt2gcccboq