Community care: costs and benefits for a chronic patient

S. S. Sharfstein, J. C. Nafziger

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The authors analyzed the costs and benefits of community care for a middle aged chronic woman patient who was receiving care from a neighbourhood health center after a total of 8 yr of hospitalization. Cost comparisons over a 3 yr period were made between the neighborhood center and a state hospital, the center and a day program of a community mental health center, and the center and the inpatient unit of a community mental health center. Cost of care in the neighborhood center fell from $2110 in the first year to $640 in the third, while costs in the alternative settings increased substantially. The patient's clinical status was rated 'much improved' in the community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)170-173
Number of pages4
JournalHospital and Community Psychiatry
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1976

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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