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The In-patient units are very closed and highly controlled healthcare resource and then patients have to join the community rapidly, and in sometimes feeling unprotected and with their needs non covered. We created a transition unit with a program of psychotherapeutic intervention, to offer an adequate transition between the acute episode and the incorporation to the community.
We describe the characteristics of the psychotherapeutic group, the aims and the results of the interventions.
Psychotherapeutic transition unit was created to offer intensive attention and control demand that is not possible to control in the community. The objects are to prevent re-admissions and relapse because of abandonment of treatment in patient with personality disorder and suicide attempts, and first episode, affective or psychotic. Patients are selected from the in-patients unit with inclusion criteria, and start going from the unit before discharge. The intervention is once per week, with a duration between 60–90 minutes. There is not a number of sessions, and we have approximately 10 patients per sessions.
Since the beginning of the psychotherapeutic interventions, re-admissions have been decreased in patients with diagnosis of personality disorder (most histrionic and borderline disorder) with multiple admissions because of suicide attempt, some had been discharged. In another group of patient we have prevented relapses.
Psychotherapeutic interventions will be effective in patients with high risk of re-admissions and relapses. It is early to have solid conclusions, but the preliminary results encourage the continuation of the program.
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