How is psychiatric stability determined

Day clinics

Day clinics are an important component in the care of mentally ill people and should not be missing in any region or hospital. The day clinic is usually an organizational part of a psychiatric hospital or a psychiatric department at a general hospital. There are also individual day clinics that are run independently from a hospital.


The treatment in the day clinic is financed by the health insurance companies. Admission takes place in the same way as hospital treatment by means of a doctor's prescription. Often psychiatric hospitals or psychiatric hospital departments decide which of the patients assigned to them will not be admitted to a ward but to the day clinic.

In many cases, patients are transferred to the day clinic after full inpatient treatment. As in the clinic, the staff consists of doctors, nursing staff, social workers, psychologists and employees from other professional groups.

Physical examinations, drug therapy, psychotherapeutic, sociotherapeutic and milieu therapeutic offers, occupational therapy, leisure and outdoor activities, etc., form the therapeutic program similar to that of clinic wards.

Part of hospital care

As part of hospital care, the day clinic is a medically managed facility. As the name suggests, the day clinic is only open during the day, usually five days a week. It therefore offers therapeutic options for those patients who need the stable therapeutic framework of a hospital during the day, but who can spend the night and the weekend in their own apartment or with their family.

With treatment in a day clinic, the patient's social connections are much less interrupted than with full inpatient treatment. The question of which patients can be treated in the day clinic and which must be admitted to the ward is not always easy to answer. The concepts of the respective day clinic, the experience, the attitude and the corresponding professional orientation of the employees concerned play a decisive role here.

Some of the day clinics specialize in crisis intervention in the event of acute mental illness, and others offer long-term rehabilitation treatment. However, close, comprehensive cooperation with the wards of the clinic is always a prerequisite so that even more seriously ill patients can be cared for at least temporarily under the more open conditions of the day clinic.