The impact of an expanding community mental health service on patterns of bed usage: evaluation of a four-year period of implementation.

In the city of Mannheim the introduction of an extensive community mental health service has been shown, by means of case-register data over 41/2 years, to have led to a considerable increase in utilization, mainly at the out-patient level of care. The rates of admission to hospital increased very little. Due to the simultaneous decline in long-term bed… CONTINUE READING