Targeting community mental health servicesBMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6938.1237 (Published 07 May 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1237
- N Ghandi,
- S Holmes,
- M Lock,
- N Purandare
- Academic Department of Psychiatry, St Mary's Hospital Medical School, London W2 1NY
- Paddington Mental Health Team, Westminster Social Services, London W2 1NY
- Napsbury Hospital, London Colney, Hertfordshire AL2 1AA
- Department of Psychiatry, St Mary's Hospital, London W2 1NY.
EDITOR, - We agree with the conclusions drawn by Alison S Conway and colleagues1 and would like to comment on several aspects of their results.
A community based mental health service may be in a position to facilitate admissions, even though it has “avoiding admissions” as one of its goals, but we think that rather than quantifying admissions, finer measures of the effectiveness of such a service (as well as appropriateness of bed use) are whether admissions are planned or …