Acute inpatient post-discharge community care, more commonly referred to as 7-day follow-up or KPI 19, measures the percentage of acute inpatient discharges that are followed up in the community within the 7 days immediately following discharge. A responsive community support system for persons who have experienced an acute psychiatric episode requiring hospitalisation is essential to maintain clinical and functional stability and to minimise the need for hospital readmission. Service users leaving hospital after a psychiatric admission with a formal discharge plan, involving linkages with community services and supports, are less likely to need early readmission. Research indicates that service users have increased vulnerability immediately following discharge, including higher risk for suicide.
Data available through March 2021, sourced from an April 25, 2021 refresh of the PRIMHD DataMart.