The transition period between care settings is the most vulnerable time for patients and their caregivers. The unique vulnerabilities for patients with mental illnesses such as depression, mania, anxiety, schizophrenia and/or substance use disorders* heighten the need for coordinated transitions and aftercare. In 2010, depression was the fourth diagnosis by volume for readmissions in Minnesota according to the Potentially Preventable Readmissions data collected by the Minnesota Hospital Association.
Walker, Chris; Goering, Paul; Brouwer, Cathy; Knight, Kathy; Lloyd, Karen; Crowson, Terry W.; Trangle, Michael A.; Davis, Paul; McNertney, Jennifer; Abderholden, Sue; Houlton, Nancy; Cummings, Kathy; and Foreman, Joann, "Recommended Actions for Improved Care Transitions: Mental Ilnesses and/or Substance Use Disorders" (2012). Articles. 10.