"We have no beds":an enquiry into the availability and use of acute psychiatric beds in the Eastern Health Board region.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/344437
Title:
"We have no beds":an enquiry into the availability and use of acute psychiatric beds in the Eastern Health Board region.
Authors:
Keogh, Fiona; Roche, Anne; Walsh, Dermot
Citation:
Keogh, F., Roche, A., Walsh, D., 1999."We have no beds":an enquiry into the availability and use of acute psychiatric beds in the Eastern Health Board region. Dublin: Health Research Board..
Publisher:
Health Research Board (HRB)
Issue Date:
Mar-1999
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/344437
Item Type:
Report
Language:
en
Description:
The results of the study revealed that there were 558 acute adult psychiatric beds in use at the time of the census. True bed occupancy was 98%, with seven of the eleven hospitals and units reporting occupancy rates of 100% or more. A striking finding was that close to half (45%) of census patients were judged not to require the acute bed they were occupying. While the admission of these patients may have been appropriate, their occupancy of an acute bed at the time of the census was judged to be inappropriate. lt was estimated that approximately 91,500 inappropriate bed days in a year resulted from this inappropriate occupancy. Information was collected on 545 'census' patients, just over half of whom were male (54%), mostly single (64%), 51 % living with family and almost half (48%) with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Length of stay was also considerable, with one fifth staying in an acute bed for a year or more. This accumulation of patients in acute beds was largely due to difficulties in moving patients on to more appropriate services. In 41 % of cases the service required had no vacancies and in 42% of cases the service did not exist.
Keywords:
HOSPITAL; HOSPITAL ADMISSION; MENTAL HEALTH OCCUPANCY; HEALTH SERVICE AND THEIR MANAGEMENT
ISBN:
0951719351
Sponsors:
Department of Health and the Health Research Board.

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorKeogh, Fionaen
dc.contributor.authorRoche, Anneen
dc.contributor.authorWalsh, Dermoten
dc.date.accessioned2015-02-13T09:41:40Zen
dc.date.available2015-02-13T09:41:40Zen
dc.date.issued1999-03en
dc.identifier.citationKeogh, F., Roche, A., Walsh, D., 1999."We have no beds":an enquiry into the availability and use of acute psychiatric beds in the Eastern Health Board region. Dublin: Health Research Board..en
dc.identifier.isbn0951719351en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/344437en
dc.descriptionThe results of the study revealed that there were 558 acute adult psychiatric beds in use at the time of the census. True bed occupancy was 98%, with seven of the eleven hospitals and units reporting occupancy rates of 100% or more. A striking finding was that close to half (45%) of census patients were judged not to require the acute bed they were occupying. While the admission of these patients may have been appropriate, their occupancy of an acute bed at the time of the census was judged to be inappropriate. lt was estimated that approximately 91,500 inappropriate bed days in a year resulted from this inappropriate occupancy. Information was collected on 545 'census' patients, just over half of whom were male (54%), mostly single (64%), 51 % living with family and almost half (48%) with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Length of stay was also considerable, with one fifth staying in an acute bed for a year or more. This accumulation of patients in acute beds was largely due to difficulties in moving patients on to more appropriate services. In 41 % of cases the service required had no vacancies and in 42% of cases the service did not exist.en
dc.description.sponsorshipDepartment of Health and the Health Research Board.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherHealth Research Board (HRB)en
dc.subjectHOSPITALen
dc.subjectHOSPITAL ADMISSIONen
dc.subjectMENTAL HEALTH OCCUPANCYen
dc.subjectHEALTH SERVICE AND THEIR MANAGEMENTen
dc.title"We have no beds":an enquiry into the availability and use of acute psychiatric beds in the Eastern Health Board region.en
dc.typeReporten
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