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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 61  |  Issue : 10  |  Page : 706-709

Discharge planning and Mental Healthcare Act 2017

1 Department of Psychiatry, Spandana Health Care, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, St. Thomas Hospital, Changanassery, Kerala, India

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Dr. Shahul Ameen
Department of Psychiatry, St. Thomas Hospital, Changanassery, Kerala
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/psychiatry.IndianJPsychiatry_72_19

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Mental Healthcare Act 2017 mandates that proper discharge planning should be done and documented before any discharge is done from MHEs. Discharge planning should be based on a thorough assessment of the needs of the patient. Family should be actively involved in the planning process. Necessary steps should be taken for referral to other services, especially those in the community. Discharge planning helps us to balance the goals of the treatment at admission, to reality check at the time of discharge. Adequacy of discharge planning can be ensured by using various published checklists.



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