Social psychiatry

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 51–55 | Cite as

Use of a discharge potential scale as a monitoring technique for psychiatric patients

  • Carlos E. Climent
  • Robert Plutchik


An instrument to evaluate the readiness of a psychiatric inpatient to be discharged from the Hospital is presented. The basic assumption is that patients ready for discharge show changes on the different items of this instrument as treatment goes on. The study sample of 52 patients consisted of first admissions to the psychiatric Hospital in Call, Colombia. All ratings were made by auxiliary nurses supervised by psychiatric nurses, based on observed behavior. The results of a five week follop-up, show that patients get discharged from the Hospital when the scores are around 60 or above, but the major score change occurs within two weeks of admission. The findings imply that sistematic monitoring of patient's progress avoid unnecessarily long hospitalizations. This instrument because of its simplicity and coverage, appears to be a useful device to assist in the process of monitoring the progress of psychiatric inpatients.


Public Health Basic Assumption Score Change Potential Scale Psychiatric Hospital 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carlos E. Climent
    • 1
  • Robert Plutchik
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, Health DivisionUniversidad del ValleCaliColombia, S.A.
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryAlbert Einstein College of MedicineBronx

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