Economic evaluation of a liaison psychiatry service

Centre for Mental Health
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19p., bibliog.
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Psychiatric liaison services provide mental health care to people being treated for physical health conditions in general hospitals. This report provides an independent economic evaluation of the Rapid Assessment Interface and Discharge psychiatric liaison service operating in City Hospital, a large acute hospital in Birmingham. Noting that an effective liaison psychiatry service offers the potential to save money as well as improve health, the report focuses on cost savings in the local health economy. It is based on scrutiny and reanalysis of data collected as part of a wider internal evaluation of the service and on supplementary material, site visits and meetings. It discusses liaison psychiatry and presents an economic evaluation of the Rapid Assessment Interface and Discharge service, together with a commentary and assessment. The report concludes that the service improves the quality of care for people with mental ill-health, generates significant cost savings and is excellent value for money.

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hospitals, mental health problems, patients, physical illness, psychiatric care, cost effectiveness, economic evaluation;
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