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In-patient treatment in functional and sectorised care: patient satisfaction and length of stay

  • V.J. Bird (a1), D. Giacco (a1), P. Nicaise (a2), A. Pfennig (a3), A. Lasalvia (a4), M. Welbel (a5) and S. Priebe (a1)...

Abstract

Background

Debate exists as to whether functional care, in which different psychiatrists are responsible for in- and out-patient care, leads to better in-patient treatment as compared with sectorised care, in which the same psychiatrist is responsible for care across settings.

Aims

To compare patient satisfaction with in-patient treatment and length of stay in functional and sectorised care.

Method

Patients with an ICD-10 diagnosis of psychotic, affective or anxiety/somatoform disorders consecutively admitted to an adult acute psychiatric ward in 23 hospitals across 11 National Health Service trusts in England were recruited. Patient satisfaction with in-patient care and length of stay (LoS) were compared (trial registration ISRCTN40256812).

Results

In total, 2709 patients were included, of which 1612 received functional and 1097 sectorised care. Patient satisfaction was significantly higher in sectorised care (β = 0.54, 95% CI 0.35–0.73, P<0.001). This difference remained significant when adjusting for locality and patient characteristics. LoS was 6.9 days shorter for patients in sectorised care (β = −6.89, 95% CI –11.76 to −2.02, P<0.001), but this difference did not remain significant when adjusting for clustering by hospital (β = −4.89, 95% CI –13.34 to 3.56, P = 0.26).

Conclusions

This is the first robust evidence that patient satisfaction with in-patient treatment is higher in sectorised care, whereas findings for LoS are less conclusive. If patient satisfaction is seen as a key criterion, sectorised care seems preferable.

Declarations of interest

None.

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Correspondence: Victoria Bird, Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry, Newham Centre for Mental health, London, E13 8SP, UK. Email: v.j.bird@qmul.ac.uk

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In-patient treatment in functional and sectorised care: patient satisfaction and length of stay

  • V.J. Bird (a1), D. Giacco (a1), P. Nicaise (a2), A. Pfennig (a3), A. Lasalvia (a4), M. Welbel (a5) and S. Priebe (a1)...
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