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Table 4 Inpatient admissions from home: Formal and informal support prior to admission

From: Identifying alternatives to old age psychiatry inpatient admission: an application of the balance of care approach to health and social care planning

   Organic/mixed diagnosis Functional diagnosis p-value of χ2 test
Dimension Categories % (n) % (n)  
Informal care None 29.6 (16) 46.9 (52) 0.030
1-7 hours per week 13.0 (7) 17.1 (19)
8-20 hours per week 16.7 (9) 16.2 (18)
21+ hours per week 40.7 (22) 19.8 (22)
Main informal carera Spouse 65 (26) 49.2 (30) 0.244
Child (including children-in-law) 30 (12) 39.3 (24)
Other 5 (2) 11.5 (7)
Lives with main informal carera Yes 74.4 (29) 59.3 (35) 0.126
No 25.6 (10) 40.7 (24)
Nature of informal supporta Personal and/or physical 60.7 (17) 30.4 (17) 0.008
Other practical help 39.3 (11) 69.6 (39)
Formal social supportb None or very minor 53.9 (21) 76.8 (76) 0.017
Intermittent 12.8 (5) 10.1 (10)
Limited care package 18.0 (7) 10.1 (10)
Intensive care package 15.4 (6) 3.0 (3)
CMHT input Yes 79.0 (45) 68.7 (79) 0.158
No 21.1 (12) 31.3 (36)
Recent mental health admission Yes 20.4 (11) 18.2 (20) 0.737
No 79.6 (43) 81.8 (90)
  1. aBased on applicable cases (i.e., those that received at least one hour of informal care)
  2. bIntermittent input less than daily, mainly outside the home; Limited care package 1–9 hours personal care/domestic help/sitting service combined or seven or more meals per week; Intensive care package ≥ 10 hours personal care/domestic help/sitting service combined per week