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Title: Mother-baby psychiatric units in Australia - the Victorian experience.
Austin Authors: Buist, Anne ;Minto, B;Szego, K;Samhuel, M;Shawyer, L;O'Connor, L
Affiliation: Banksia House Mother Baby Unit, Austin Health and Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Issue Date: 15-Dec-2003
Publication information: Archives of Women's Mental Health 2003; 7(1): 81-7
Abstract: This article reviews the women admitted to Mother Baby Psychiatric Units in 2002, in the State of Victoria, Australia, looking at characteristics of postpartum disorders with respect to admission and outcome in a region with a high number of mother-baby unit beds relative to other Australian regions and other cities. Differences among units are noted, including the differential impact of whether the unit is associated with a psychiatric service or an obstetric service. This includes length of stay and referral patterns. Details of diagnosis, admission and outcome are compared to similar admissions in the United Kingdom, with similar factors predictive of poor outcome, defined as separation from the infant. Mother-Baby Units have an important potential role in improving these outcomes, with longer-term studies of these women needed.
Gov't Doc #: 14963737
DOI: 10.1007/s00737-003-0040-6
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Adult
Great Britain.epidemiology
Infant, Newborn
Length of Stay
Mental Disorders.epidemiology.therapy
Mother-Child Relations
Mothers.psychology.statistics & numerical data
Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, Hospital.utilization
Postnatal Care.organization & administration.utilization
Psychiatric Department, Hospital.utilization
Rooming-in Care.organization & administration.utilization
Treatment Outcome
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