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Using Volunteer Therapists to Reduce Hospital Readmissions
Steven Katkin; Virginia Zimmerman; Jonathan Rosenthal; Marshall Ginsburg
Psychiatric Services 1975; doi:
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Mental Health Center Batavia, Ohio

College of Medicine Cincinnati, Ohio

1975 by the American Psychiatric Association

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Two aftercare programs using volunteers as therapists for former in patients have been effective in reducing hospital readmissions. The volunteer therapists ensure that patients take medications, evaluate them for decompensation, help them find housing and jobs, and give them supportive counseling. In the first program the recidivism rate after one year for 36 chronic schizophrenic women was 11 per cent for the group treated by volunteers and 34 per cent for the control group receiving traditional aftercare. In the second program the recidivism rate after one year for 11 men and women with various types of schizophrenia was 9 per cent for the treatment group and 37 per cent for the control group.

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