Nursing and Health Vol. 2(6), pp. 122 - 125
DOI: 10.13189/nh.2014.020603
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Re-hospitalization of Psychiatric Residents of a Long-stay Care Home

Tsang Y.K.A. , Wong S.L. *
Division of Nursing and Health Studies, School of Science and Technology, The Open University of Hong Kong, Jubilee College, Homantin, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China


The aim of this study was to examine independent variables such as socio-demographic, psychopathologic, and rehabilitative support background that might predict re-hospitalization among psychiatric residents of a long-stay care home (LSCH) in Hong Kong. The re-hospitalization of psychiatric residents with mental health needs who were admitted to a long-stay care home during a 2-year period was analyzed retrospectively in this study. Descriptive statistics were gathered to study the distribution of the sample data. Logistic regression was used to examine the predictors of re-hospitalization. 176 residents (mean age 56.9, SD 8.4 years) were included, of whom 73% were male. The psychopathologic characteristics of most residents were similar in that 94.9% of them had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Within the 2-year period the incidence of re-hospitalization among the LSCH residents was 267 out of a population of 1,000. Gender, age, a history of suicide attempts, referral from an acute psychiatric setting, and lack of participation in a rehabilitative training program were the predictors of re-hospitalization. Strategic interventions to improve the current rehabilitative support services of LSCHs are discussed.

Re-hospitalization, Institutionalized Patients, Long-stay Care Home

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(a). IEEE Format:
[1] Tsang Y.K.A. , Wong S.L. , "Re-hospitalization of Psychiatric Residents of a Long-stay Care Home," Nursing and Health, Vol. 2, No. 6, pp. 122 - 125, 2014. DOI: 10.13189/nh.2014.020603.

(b). APA Format:
Tsang Y.K.A. , Wong S.L. (2014). Re-hospitalization of Psychiatric Residents of a Long-stay Care Home. Nursing and Health, 2(6), 122 - 125. DOI: 10.13189/nh.2014.020603.