The authors analyzed the costs and benefits of community care for a middle aged chronic woman patient who was receiving care from a neighbourhood health center after a total of 8 yr of hospitalization. Cost comparisons over a 3 yr period were made between the neighborhood center and a state hospital, the center and a day program of a community mental health center, and the center and the inpatient unit of a community mental health center. Cost of care in the neighborhood center fell from $2110 in the first year to $640 in the third, while costs in the alternative settings increased substantially. The patient's clinical status was rated 'much improved' in the community.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health