An evaluation study of a partial hospitalization program
Stephen Michael Broer (2000)
This evaluation study investigated the clinical outcomes of children and adolescents served in a partial hospitalization program and included archival chart reviews, follow-up interviews, and surveys. Subjects included children and adolescents with 269 in the total study group and 132 in the follow-up group. As a means of determining outcomes, this study examined characteristics of children and adolescents treated and their follow-up status along a range of dimensions. Distinct clinical groups were identified based on those who experienced suicidal episodes and those who did not. Results indicate most admissions to be one-time admissions, with adolescent females composing most of the admissions and readmissions. Support for expected findings were found in the areas of: (a) more restrictive placements among males with co-occurring disorders and substance use; (b) suicide episodes most common among females, those with co-occurring disorders, clinical depression and substance use; and (c) high satisfaction and perceived improvement. Unexpected findings were found in the areas of: (a) high utilization of the program by children and adolescents in State's custody with substance abuse problems; (b) more restrictive placements among the non-suicide episode group; and (c) no outstanding differences between parents who responded to the initial study contact and those who needed outreach contacts to participate in the study. Limitations of this study and recommendations for future program evaluation are discussed.