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, Courtney, Mary D., & 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.

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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 person’s own home and run for profit boarding-house. These two were chosen because the literature suggests that they are the 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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ID Code: 1307
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Self-archiving of the author-version is not yet supported by this publisher.
For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see link) or contact the author. Author contact details: m.courtney@qut.edu.au
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Keywords: Housing, schizophrenia, admission rates, boarding house
ISSN: 0156-5788
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Mental Health Nursing (111005)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Australian Healthcare Association
Deposited On: 23 Nov 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:09

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