A Quality Improvement Project to Decrease the Length of Stay on a Psychiatric Adolescent Partial Hospital Program
Article first published online: 11 OCT 2012
© 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc
Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing
Volume 25, Issue 4, pages 207–218, November 2012
How to Cite
Memel, B. (2012), A Quality Improvement Project to Decrease the Length of Stay on a Psychiatric Adolescent Partial Hospital Program. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 25: 207–218. doi: 10.1111/jcap.12005
- Issue published online: 5 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 11 OCT 2012
- DBT skills training;
- dialectical behavior therapy (DBT);
- skills training group;
Clinicians are challenged to treat adolescents with life-threatening behaviors while accessing fewer mental health resources with increased utilization management pressures.
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills training groups were implemented as a quality improvement project to decrease the length of stay on an adolescent psychiatric partial hospital program by reducing potential life-threatening behaviors.
The average length of stay decreased nearly 5 days during the project. Potential life-threatening urges seemed to increase from pretreatment findings while life-threatening actions appeared to decrease.
While the findings were inconclusive regarding the actual effect on life-threatening urges and behaviors, dialectical behavior therapy skills training groups may have positive outcomes on an adolescent psychiatric partial hospital program.