Acute Day Units as Crisis Alternatives to Residential Care

The AD-CARE study has now finished. Results of the AD-CARE study are available in the Results section below. The AD-CARE study was an NIHR-funded study investigating Acute Day Units (ADUs). ADUs offer intensive, short term community responses to mental health crises, aiming to reduce costly and unpopular admissions, either avoiding them or facilitating early discharge.

About the AD-CARE study

The AD-CARE study consisted of three different work packages that delivered a comprehensive report on the current value of ADUs, and recommendations about service models which will be of high value to stakeholders in acute care.

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Results of AD-CARE study

Find more information on the results and findings from AD-CARE study publications and reports

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Mapping Acute Day Units

The first part of the AD-CARE study was a mapping exercise, and we have built a database of all the acute day units in England.  

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Research Team

The research team were responsible for guiding and carrying out the study.

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AD-CARE was funded by the NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research programme.


Contact us

You can contact us to find out more about the study.