Your mental health care doesn’t end once you leave the hospital. To continue your recovery, you should engage in follow-up care within a week of your discharge.
Participating in follow-up care supports your transition back home. It may also reduce the chance of you being readmitted to the hospital. Follow-up care helps you maintain the progress made during hospitalization.
Your doctor may give you a prescription at the time of your discharge. It is very important that you fill and take the medication as directed. You should also attend the appointment scheduled for you at discharge. This way your doctor can make any needed adjustments to your medicine.
Part of your follow-up care may include an appointment with a counselor. Keeping these regular appointments can continue the healing process and help you learn new ways to cope.
Research shows that patients who fail to attend follow-up care often have poorer health outcomes. Patients who do not seek care after discharge are more likely to end up in the hospital again in the same year.
Compliance is key in managing the symptoms of any illness. Not following your doctor’s treatment plan can reduce the effectiveness of your previous treatment. Readmissions can also become costly and stressful for you and your family and friends.
There are several things you can do to maximize your follow-up care: