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Acute Inpatient Units in a Comprehensive (Integrated) Mental Health System: A Review of the Literature


Horsfall, J and Cleary, M and Hunt, GE, Acute Inpatient Units in a Comprehensive (Integrated) Mental Health System: A Review of the Literature, Issues in mental health nursing, 31, (4) pp. 273-8. ISSN 0161-2840 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3109/01612840903295944


Acute inpatient mental health units can be seen as one important link in the chain of complementary mental health specific and generic community support services that need to address the real needs of people in the area from which clients are drawn. This article reviews the reasons for admission to these units and research initiatives to evaluate alternative models of care within the community. Assertive community treatment and other alternative programs are discussed within a continuum of community-psychiatric support intervention models. An argument is then developed for mental health systems to be conceived within a continuous care framework for all service users, and with recovery in the forefront of service design and delivery. Further research is required to define nursing clinical priorities and philosophies to ensure a recovery focus in which care is aligned with that of consumer expectations and is consistent with other service providers.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:mental health, recovery
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
ID Code:108385
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-04-19
Last Modified:2016-05-20

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