Basic information
Original title:
Comparative Effectiveness Research on Psychiatric Hospitalisation by Record Linkage of Large Administrative Data Sets
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Mojca Z. Dernovšek
1 April 2014–31 March 2017

Despite psychiatric services having undergone profound changes over the last decades, psychiatric hospital admission and re-admission rates are still high in most countries, and it is little understood why.

Since repeated hospital admissions constitute significant interruptions in patients’ lives on many levels,  unplanned readmissions are not regarded as an indicator of efficiency and good quality of psychiatric care.

CEPHOS-LINK aims to compare different types of health service interventions in terms of differences in rehospitalisation outcomes in adult patients who have been discharged with a psychiatric diagnosis from hospital.

Ultimately CEPHOS-LINK will improve the knowledge base regarding rehospitalisation and support decision makers in the field of mental health through recommendations, guidelines and online decision support tools. This will be of special interest to a variety of stakeholders from Governments and service planners to mental health NGO’s.

Extended abstract (pdf)


Newsletter 1, November 2014 (pdf)

Flyer (pdf) 

Newsletter 2, August 2015 (pdf)

Presentation of "Organisation of data analyses and measuring of comorbidity/multimorbidity" (L. Šprah) at the conference meeting European Health Systems: Past, Present and Future: Technology meets Health System Research. Vienna, 12th of October 2016.

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European Commission (Seventh framework Programme). Co-funded by Slovenian Research Agency.

Fields of research

Psychology S260 • Medicine (human and vertebrates) B007 • Psychiatry, clinical psychology, psychosomatics B650 • Public health, epidemiology B680 


mental health care • community care • continuity of care • psychiatric hospital readmission • comparative effectiveness research • record linkage • health system performance