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Research Snapshot: One in four hospitalized for depression will be readmitted within 30 days

September 6, 2012

Some people who suffer from depression need hospitalization during the most severe phases of their illness. Once their condition improves and they leave the hospital, they are supposed to receive follow-up medical visits. Without follow-up care, these people are at risk of rehospitalisation for depression.

Ontario researchers recently looked at people who were discharged from Ontario hospitals after being hospitalized for depression. Their findings – which include the fact that one in four hospitalized for depression will be readmitted within 30 days – highlight the need to improve supports and services for discharged patients with depression.

To get the full story, check out EENet’s new Research Snapshot of the article, “Postdischarge Care for Depression in Ontario,” by Elizabeth Lin, Natalia Diaz-Granados, Donna E. Stewart, and Arlene S. Bierman. The article appeared in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 58, no. 8 (2011): 481-9. The Snapshot is available here.

Research Snapshots are brief, clear language summaries of research articles, presented in a user-friendly format. To read EENet’s clear language summary of this article and others, visit eenet.ca.

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