Conditional release: a less restrictive alternative to hospitalization?

  title={Conditional release: a less restrictive alternative to hospitalization?},
  author={Steven P Segal and Philip M. Burgess},
  journal={Psychiatric services},
  volume={57 11},
OBJECTIVE This study examined conditional release--that is, involuntary outpatient commitment orders upon release from hospitalization--as a least restrictive alternative to psychiatric hospitalization in Victoria, Australia. METHODS Records were obtained from the Victorian Psychiatric Case Register for patients who experienced psychiatric hospitalization: between 1990 and 2000 a total of 8,879 patients were given conditional release and 16,094 were not. RESULTS Compared with the group that… CONTINUE READING

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