Carolyn Sandoval, C. C. and K. L. (2012). New Mental Health Indicators Provide a Snapshot on Performance of the Mental Health System in Canada. Healthcare Quarterly, 15(2), 14–16. Available from: http://www.longwoods.com/content/22919?utm_source=Longwoods+Master+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=979422d2d2-HQ_15_2_TOC_Alert6_11_2012&utm_medium=email
Although the general hospital remains an important place for stabilizing crises, most services for mental illnesses are provided in outpatient/community settings. In the absence of comprehensive data at the community level, data that are routinely collected from general hospitals can provide insights on the performance of mental health services for people living with mental illness or poor mental health. This article describes three new indicators that provide a snapshot on the performance of the mental health system in Canada: self-injury hospitalization rate, 30-day readmission rate for mental illness and percentage of patients with repeat hospitalizations for mental illness. Findings suggest a need for the early detection and treatment of mental illnesses and for optimal transitions between general hospitals and community services.