This Note presents a model of illness severity and a model of hospital recidivism for persons with chronic mental illness, particularly schizophrenia. It reviews recent literature about factors relating to hospital readmission, describes the Mississippi public mental health system as of 1988 (the time of data collection), and describes the factors measured as the recidivism model was applied to this particular setting. The author explains the study design and the process of data collection, noting the extent to which the data collection was successful.
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