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Intensive Day Treatment Programs for Mental Health Treatment: A Review of Clinical Effectiveness, Cost-Effectiveness, and Guidelines

Last updated: September 15, 2017
Project Number: RC0923-000
Product Line: Rapid Response
Research Type: Devices and Systems
Report Type: Summary with Critical Appraisal
Result type: Report

Question

  1. What is the clinical effectiveness of intensive day treatment programs in adults with various mental health disorders?
  2. What is the cost-effectiveness of intensive day treatment programs in adults with various mental health disorders?
  3. What are the evidence-based guidelines associated with the use of intensive day treatment programs in adults with various mental health disorders?

Key Message

The available evidence suggests that intensive day treatment (such as day hospital treatment) is effective in treating various mental health disorders; however, there is limited data comparing the effectiveness of intensive day treatment to other psychological treatment modalities. The limited data available suggests there may be no difference between intensive day treatment and other treatment approaches such as inpatient treatment or standard weekly outpatient treatment. No cost-effectiveness studies or guidelines were identified.