Factors Involved in Psychiatric Hospital Readmissions: a Review of the Current Literature

Claire Sweetman and Steve Davies
Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow, UK

A transition is taking place in the organization of psychiatric services, in an attempt towards de-institutionalization. One of the main objectives of this change is to reduce the length of stay in hospitals and replace inpatient with community care. However, the implementation of these practices has raised ethical questions as to whether patients are receiving competent and comprehensive mental health services.
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