Study: Established outpatient care preceding acute psychiatric services improves incidents of follow up

By Christina P. O'Neill
January 6th, 2023
Brian Skehan, MD, Ph.D, assistant professor, UMass Chan Medical School
Brian Skehan, MD, Ph.D, is an assistant professor at UMass Chan Medical School.

Follow up outpatient care after hospitalization and emergency room use for mental health issues was determined to be 'suboptimal,' among youth and young adults with private insurance, according to a study published in ps.psychiatryonline.org.

The study sought to define rates and predictors of mental health care follow up within seven and 30 days after an inpatient hospitalization or ER visit by privately insured youth and young adults ages 12-27.

Average hospitalization inpatient age was 18.9 years; of those who visited the ER for a mental health reason, the average age was 19.5 years.

The authors found that 42.7 percent of post-hospitalization patients with private insurance received follow up within seven days, and 67.4 percent w...

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