Service innovations

Anna Richman, Ken Wilson, Lynn Scally, Paul Edwards, Jacqueline Wood
2003 Psychiatric bulletin of the Royal College of Psychiatrists  
Aims and Method We describe activity and outcome concerning a consecutive series of older community patients referred to an outreach support team while waiting for acute psychiatric admission. Results Forty patients on an admissions waiting list who were referred to the outreach support team were followed up. Each patient was reassessed for admission by the responsible medical officer when an in-patient bed became available. Thirty patients who would have been admitted (if a bed had been
more » ... le at the time of the first assessment) remained at home and did not need hospitalisation. Clinical Implications This study suggests that intensive domiciliary support might offer an acceptable form of crisis intervention for older people with mental illness. Further research is needed before generalisation of these findings can be recommended.
doi:10.1017/s0955603600003019 fatcat:p6vh3cujq5deno2na37dgx73vm