Effects of Home Visit Intervention on Re-hospitalization Rates in Psychiatric Patients.

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Effects of Home Visit Intervention on Re-hospitalization Rates in Psychiatric Patients.

Community Ment Health J. 2015 Jul;51(5):598-605

Authors: Chang YC, Chou FH

Abstract
To examine the home visit intervention (HoVI) effects on the re-hospitalization rate and medical costs in patients with schizophrenia or other psychiatric disorders. The subjects who received more than 3 HoVIs were defined as the HoVI group, whereas the subjects who received equal to or less than 3 HoVIs were defined as the HoVI < 4 group; the subjects who had never received an HoVI were defined as the non-HoVI group. Differences in the re-hospitalization rates and National Health Insurance (NHI) costs among the three groups were examined. The re-hospitalization rate of the HoVI group was significantly lower than that of the non-HoVI group. The hospitalization days and the NHI costs of the HoVI group were also lower than those of the non-HoVI group. However, the HoVI < 4 group was not different than the non-HoVI group regarding the re-hospitalization rate or the hospitalization days. The re-hospitalization rate was significantly higher before compared with after the HoVIs. The NHI costs were significantly higher before compared with after the HoVIs. HoVIs (More than 3 HoVIs) produced a lower re-hospitalization rate, number of hospitalization days, and NHI costs in patients who received care through the Home Visit. Project to strengthen the Community Rehabilitation Program.

PMID: 25563484 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]