Geographical mobility is predictor of demand on psychiatric servicesBMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7248.1496 (Published 03 June 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1496
- Roger Dobson
High rates of geographical mobility among psychiatric patients may be one of the mainreasons for unexpected high demands on hospital beds and services, according to new research.
A study of severely mentally ill patients in London found that 28% of inpatients changed address at least once in the 12 months before admission, with 13% changing more thanonce. In the two years before hospitalisation, 39% had changed addresses.
The report of the research, by a team at Imperial College School of Medicine and the Institute of Psychiatry, says that the geographically mobile …