Early discharge from psychiatric inpatient care may pose challenges for the patient's recovery and may incite a rapid return to the hospital. This study identified demographic, clinical, and the continuing of care characteristics associated with rapid readmission into a sample of psychiatric inpatient hospitals.
Cross-sectional analysis of 60,254 discharges from state psychiatric hospitals. Logistic regression explored the relationship between predictors of rapid readmission.
Eight percent of discharges were readmitted to the same hospital within 30 days after discharge. Factors significantly related with rapid readmission included white (odds ratio, 1.23; 95% confidence interval, 1.13–1.34), non-Hispanic (1.48, 1.26–1.73), not married (1.53, 1.32–1.76), voluntarily admitted (1.18, 1.05–1.33), with length of stay (LOS) ≤ 7 days (3.52, 3.04–4.08), or LOS 8–31 days (3.20, 2.79–3.66), or LOS 32–92 days (1.91, 1.65–2.22), with a schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders (1.69, 1.46–1.96) or personality disorder (1.76, 1.50–2.06), referred to a setting different from the outpatient (1.27, 1.16–1.40), or with a living arrangement different from private residence (1.54, 1.40–1.68).
Disparities in rapid readmission rates exist among state psychiatric hospitals. A national overview of the individuals with mental illness at risk of being prematurely discharged may suggests insights into quality initiatives aimed at reducing rapid readmissions into psychiatric inpatient care.
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This research study was fully funded by the Behavioral Healthcare Performance Measurement System of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors Research Institute, Inc.
The author declares no conflicts of interest.