Researchers in Denmark have discovered that treatment in specialized mood disorder clinics following a hospitalization significantly reduce hospital readmission rates.

In their study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry and titled “Treatment in a specialised out-patient mood disorder clinic v. standard out-patient treatment in the early course of bipolar disorder: randomised clinical trial,” Lars Vedel Kessing et al. followed 158 patients who were discharged from their first, second, or third hospital admission with a single manic episode or bipolar disorder.

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Mood Disorder Clinics Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates

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  1. One factor, at least for bipolar disorder, is probably the lower antidepressant use. 80% of community psychiatrists use them vs. 20% of mood disorder clinics.

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