Advancing Care Within an Adult Mental Health Day Hospital: Program Re-Design and Evaluation
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Day hospital mental health programs provide alternate care to individuals of high acuity that do not require an inpatient psychiatric stay. Ensuring provision of best practice within these programs is essential for patient stabilization and recovery. However, there is scant literature to review when creating such a program. This paper provides an overview of the steps an acute care hospital took when designing and implementing new programming within a day hospital program. Qualitative data was collected following initial program rollout. This data helped to inform the ongoing modification of groups offered, group scheduling and content, as well as ensuring patient satisfaction and adequate skill delivery during the rollout period and beyond. The goal of this paper is to inform health service delivery for other programs when attempting to build or re-design a day hospital program.
KeywordsDay hospital Partial hospitalization program Program development Program evaluation Qualitative research
The authors wish to acknowledge the valuable guidance and support from Drs. Karen Fergus and Sanjeev Sockalingam throughout the completion of this work. Thank you also to the staff of the Day Hospital Program at North York General Hospital and to our patients, for sharing your stories and helping us to understand your experiences.
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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