Type of housing predicts rate of readmission to hospital but not length of stay in people with schizophrenia on the Gold Coast in Queensland

Browne, Graeme and Courtney, Mary and Meehan, Tom (2004) Type of housing predicts rate of readmission to hospital but not length of stay in people with schizophrenia on the Gold Coast in Queensland. Australian Health Review , 27 (1). pp. 65-72. ISSN 0156-5788

Abstract

Accommodation is considered to be important by institutions interested in mental health care both in Australia and internationally Some authorities assert that no component of a community mental health system is more important than decent affordable housing. Unfortunately there has been little research in Australia into the consequences of discharging people with a primary diagnosis of schizophrenia to different types of accommodation. This paper uses archival data to investigate the outcomes for people with schizophrenia discharged to two types of accommodation. The types of accommodation chosen are the persons own home and for-profit boarding house. These two were chosen because the literature suggests that they are respectively the most and least desirable types of accommodation. Results suggest that people with schizophrenia who were discharged to boarding houses are significantly more likely to be readmitted to the psychiatric unit of Gold Coast Hospital, although their length of stay in hospital is not significantly different.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to paper due to publisher copyright restrictions.
Depositing User: ePrints Administrator
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2010 06:47
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2013 02:46
Uncontrolled Keywords: accomodation; housing; schizophrenia; readmission; hospital
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160401 Economic Geography
16 Studies in Human Society > 1603 Demography > 160301 Family and Household Studies
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/8390

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