Aims and method: To evaluate the first 2 years of a new adolescent unit. Results: One-hundred and eighteen cases were admitted, with a broad range of diagnoses. Median length of stay was 33 days and 82% of admissions were urgent, of which 70% were admitted on the day of referral. A later study of 27 consecutive cases showed a mean improvement of 25% in the Children's Global Assessment Scale and 40% in the Child and Adolescent version of the Health of the Nation Outcome Scales scores. Clinical implications: It is possible to provide an in-patient service for adolescents that includes all-hours emergency access, as well as catering for the full range of severe mental illness and a wide variation in length of stay.
Corrigall, R., & Mitchell, B. (2002). Service innovations: Rethinking in-patient provision for adolescents: A report from a new service. Psychiatric Bulletin, 26(10), 388–392. https://doi.org/10.1192/pb.26.10.388