Innovations in Practice: Pilot evaluation of the supported discharge service (SDS): Clinical outcomes and service use

Dennis Ougrin, Toby Zundel, Richard Corrigall, Jane Padmore, Cheryl Loh

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Abstract

Background: The Supported Discharge Service (SDS) is a model of enhanced care in the community for adolescents after inpatient discharge. Methods: This study comprised the first 20 patients referred to SDS, largely those with delayed discharges. Service use and clinical outcomes were collected and predictors of total contact time were investigated. Results: Significant improvements had been made with SDS. Higher baseline Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) conduct scores were associated with less contact time. Conclusions: SDS is a feasible model of care. Adolescents with conduct problems may benefit from engagement strategies. Further rigorous evaluation of the model is required.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-269
Number of pages5
JournalChild and Adolescent Mental Health
Volume19
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2014

Keywords

  • Adolescent mental health
  • Community programmes
  • Service development

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