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Inner London Collaborative Audit of Admissions in Two Health Districts: I: Introduction, Methods and Preliminary Findings

  • C. B. Flannigan, G. R. Glover, S. T. Feeney, J. K. Wing, P. E. Bebbington and S. W. Lewis...

Abstract

Background

There is pressure on acute admission services in inner-city areas. Two deprived London districts with markedly different acute bed ratios but similar sociodemographic backgrounds were compared to test the hypothesis that more facilities mean better service.

Method

An instrument for auditing the use of short-stay hospital beds was constructed to collect information concerning admissions to, and short-stay patients in, the chosen districts during a three-month period.

Results

There was a higher admission rate and substantially greater use of beds per unit population in south Southwark than in Hammersmith & Fulham. Much of the difference was attributable to a higher rate of admission of patients with affective disorders in south Southwark.

Conclusions

The results are not explained by variations in population need, longer in-patient stay, or poorer aftercare leading to early relapse. The question of whether there is over-provision of services compared with real need in south Southwark, or under-provision (particularly for people with affective disorders) in Hammersmith & Fulham, is considered but left open for discussion following a study of ethnic issues and the reasons for admission.

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Inner London Collaborative Audit of Admissions in Two Health Districts: I: Introduction, Methods and Preliminary Findings

  • C. B. Flannigan, G. R. Glover, S. T. Feeney, J. K. Wing, P. E. Bebbington and S. W. Lewis...

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Inner London Collaborative Audit of Admissions in Two Health Districts: I: Introduction, Methods and Preliminary Findings

  • C. B. Flannigan, G. R. Glover, S. T. Feeney, J. K. Wing, P. E. Bebbington and S. W. Lewis...
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