Recommendation ID

Mental health interventions to support discharge from general inpatient hospital settings:- What interventions are cost effective in supporting people with mental health difficulties on discharge from general hospital inpatient settings?

Any explanatory notes
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Why this is important:- The only evidence found was 1 UK randomised controlled trial for frail older people with dementia or delirium. It showed no significant differences in mortality or service outcomes, and did not consider community care resources or unpaid care.
Cost-effectiveness analyses are needed to determine the cost of assessing this group's needs in hospital and in specialist units, and the cost of health and social care, unpaid care, and the effects on employment and housing.
Determining the cost of assessment while in hospital is particularly important for patients with dementia or delirium because early identification of difficulties might lead to long-term savings for the public sector and society.
Research is needed on what measures are effective in preventing, managing or resolving dementia or delirium during transfer. Research is also needed on what training is most effective for hospital staff supporting people with mental health difficulties during the transition.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Transition between inpatient hospital settings and community or care home settings for adults with social care needs
Date issued
December 2015

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 31/12/2015