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Lifland B, Wright DR, Mangione-Smith R
The impact of an adolescent depressive disorders clinical pathway on healthcare utilization.
The purpose of this study was to examine the association between level of adherence to an adolescent depressive disorders inpatient clinical pathway with psychiatric patients’ length of stay (LOS), cost, and readmissions. Patients in the high-adherence category were found to have significantly longer LOS and higher costs when compared to those in the low-adherence category. The authors conclude that understanding which of the care processes within the pathway are most cost-effective for improving patient-centered outcomes requires further investigation.
Citation: Lifland B, Wright DR, Mangione-Smith R . The impact of an adolescent depressive disorders clinical pathway on healthcare utilization. Adm Policy Ment Health 2018 Nov;45(6):979-87. doi: 10.1007/s10488-018-0878-6..
Keywords: Care Management, Children/Adolescents, Depression, Healthcare Costs, Healthcare Utilization, Hospital Readmissions, Hospitalization, Inpatient Care, Behavioral Health, Outcomes, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research, Value