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Predictability of rehospitalisation over 5 years for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression


Daniels, BA and Kirkby, KC and Hay, DA and Mowry, BJ and Jones, IH, Predictability of rehospitalisation over 5 years for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 32, (2) pp. 281-286. ISSN 0004-8674 (1998) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.3109/00048679809062740


Objective: The aim of this study was to examine the rate of rehospitalisation for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression over a 5-year period in Tasmania, and to identify predictors of the number and duration of readmissions. Method: The Tasmanian Mental Health Register was used to study the 5-year pattern of rehospitalisation for all patients admitted to a Tasmanian public psychiatric inpatient facility with a primary diagnosis of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or depression, in 1983 or 1984. Results: Seventy-one percent of patients receiving a diagnosis of schizophrenia were readmitted in the 5-year period, compared to 59% for bipolar disorder and 48% for depression. For all three diagnoses, the number of prior admissions was a predictor of the number of readmissions and the total number of days spent in hospital in the follow-up period. Age and sex also had significant effects, which varied across diagnostic groups. Conclusions: A substantial proportion of patients hospitalised for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia were rehospitalised during the next 5 years. Patients with more previous admissions had more readmissions than those with fewer previous admissions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Daniels, BA (Dr Brett Daniels)
UTAS Author:Kirkby, KC (Professor Kenneth Kirkby)
UTAS Author:Jones, IH (Professor Ivor Jones)
ID Code:12933
Year Published:1998
Web of Science® Times Cited:27
Deposited By:Psychiatry
Deposited On:1998-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-05

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