54 Mental Patients in Hospital for Years; AUDIT CALL: What Is Happening Here? Asks Concerned Author of Health Report

Coventry Evening Telegraph (England), February 4, 2008 | Go to article overview

54 Mental Patients in Hospital for Years; AUDIT CALL: What Is Happening Here? Asks Concerned Author of Health Report


Byline: By Catherine Vonledebur, HEALTH REPORTER

MORE than 50 mental health patients have spent an extraordinary length of time in Coventry hospitals, it has been revealed.

In the most extreme cases, some have stayed in hospital for 1,400 days, or nearly four years.

Health watchdogs are now asking why the 54 patients with severe mental health problems have stayed for such a long time.

The figures came to light when John Forde, a consultant in public health, presented a report assessing mental health needs to Coventry Teaching Primary Care Trust's Professional Executive Committee.

Coventry PCT's information department had recently looked at the length of stay for patients with the three most common types of illness: Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression.

Between 2005 and 2006 the average length of stay was 80 days.

For very long stay patients - predominantly schizophrenics - the maximum normal length was calculated at 260 days.

But there are 54 patients whose stay in hospital far exceeds this length of time.

Mr Forde said : "There are 54 patients in hospital for stays of 600 days up to 1,400 days. Is that appropriate? What is happening here?"

He suggested an audit of these cases to validate the figures and to understand the patient's journey.

Committee chairman Dr Peter O'Brien said: "It is an awful long time to stay in hospital. We need to ask Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust to validate this."

Alison Walshe, the PCT's new director of performance and contracting, said she had come across similar long stays within other mental health trusts in the UK where there was a reluctance to release patients back into the community.

Mr Forde said there was little published information within the PCT based on the views of people using mental health services.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

54 Mental Patients in Hospital for Years; AUDIT CALL: What Is Happening Here? Asks Concerned Author of Health Report
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.