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A Program for Continuing Care: Implementation and Outcome
George H. Wolkon; Carolyn L. Peterson; Alexander S. Rogawski
Psychiatric Services 1978; doi:
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Bureau of Program Development

Continuing Care Program, Central Region Los Angeles County Mental Health Services

Division of Social and Community Psychiatry University of Southern California School of Medicine Los Angeles, California

American Psychiatric Association

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The authors used the records of the continuing-care program at a large public hospital in Los Angeles to determine the success of referrals for aftercare. A total of 552 patients discharged during an eight-month period were referred for continuing care; 418 of the patients kept their first appointment. Patients were most likely to keep their first appointment if it was set up for within three days of release from the hospital and if it was confirmed before discharge from the hospital. If an appointment could not be arranged within three-days, a phone call to the patient improved the referral completion rate.

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