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Is it time for the mental health field to consider unplanned discharge a key metric of patient safety?

Riblet NB, Gottlieb DJ, Watts BV, et al. Is it time for the mental health field to consider unplanned discharge a key metric of patient safety? J Nerv Ment Dis. 2022;210(3):227-230. doi: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000001425

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May 4, 2022
Riblet NB, Gottlieb DJ, Watts BV, et al. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2022;210(3):227-230.

Unplanned discharges (also referred to as leaving against medical advice) can lead to adverse patient outcomes. This study compared unplanned discharges across Veterans Health Affairs (VHA) acute inpatient and residential mental health treatment settings over a ten-year period and found that unplanned discharges are significantly higher in mental health settings. The authors recommend that unplanned discharges be measured to assess patient safety in mental health.

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Riblet NB, Gottlieb DJ, Watts BV, et al. Is it time for the mental health field to consider unplanned discharge a key metric of patient safety? J Nerv Ment Dis. 2022;210(3):227-230. doi: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000001425