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In a pilot study we aimed to assess needs for care (and gaps in service provision) in readmitted psychiatric patients. Semi-structured interviews using the Cardinal Needs Schedule were conducted, and case notes were examined. Most readmitted patients had many needs (clinical and social) that were not being met in the community. Psychological interventions were required to meet many of the clinical needs, while a broad range of interventions was required to meet social needs. There was a poor match between the needs identified by the Cardinal Needs Schedule and those identified at discharge planning.

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Journal article


Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy

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497 - 500