of schizophrenic patients. The present study was design to determine the effectiveness
of home care service in preventing rehospitalization of schizophrenic patients.Frequent rehospitalization is one of the complications in treatment
patients who were randomly allocated in two groups of intervention and control (20
patients in each group). Home care services after discharge were delivered to the
intervention group for three months. Control group received routine services included
appointing a date for next visit at psychiatric clinic. Both groups were followed up for
six months, after discharge. They were compared for their rate of rehospitalization.
Chi square and Student's t-test were used to analyze the data.A semi-experimental study was conducted with 48 schizophrenic
follow up was %25 (6 of 24 patients) in control group and zero in interventional group
which was significantly different (
(5 of 24 patients) in intervention group and %46 (11 of 24 patients) in control group
which was significantly different (The results revealed that rate of rehospitalization after three monthP<0.001). Six months later, the rate turned to %21P=0.002) as well.
Conclusion: Home care after discharge reduces rehospitalization of schizophrenic patients.