Treatment of patients’ psychiatric conditions can help acute care providers improve physical health, achieve earlier hospital discharge and reduce costs.
“In 2007, the National Audit Office reported that more than two-thirds of Lincolnshire acute hospital patients with dementia no longer needed to be there. They estimated these delayed discharges offered a potential annual cost saving of £6.5m”.
Plumridge, N. Reid, S. (2012). Bridging the divide using the liaison psychiatry. Health Service Journal (HSJ), December 6th 2012; Vol.122(6332): pp.24-26.
With Money in Mind: Benefits of Liaison Psychiatry (NHS Confederation)
Liaison psychiatry services are seen increasingly as being important for effective care in acute hospitals. This NHS Confederation report explains their clinical effectiveness in terms of improved health and well-being for patients, and more particularly regarding their potential economic impact in terms of cost savings. The benefits of the Birmingham RAID liaison psychiatry service are outlined.
NHS Confederation (2012). With money in mind: the benefits of liaison psychiatry. London: NHS Confederation, November 16th 2012.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 5, January 2013].
The Rapid Assessment Interface and Discharge Service’s Implications for Patients with Dementia
Singh, I. Ramakrishna, S. [and] Williamson, K. (2013). The Rapid Assessment Interface and Discharge service and its implications for patients with dementia. Clinical Interventions in Aging, August 21st 2013, Issue 8, pp.1101-8. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).