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The mental health-care system is in a state of change. Hospitals are finding the need to provide more and quicker treatment with less resources. Lengths of stay are reduced, and the need to provide effective treatment quickly has increased. As part of the quality assurance program, the Rehabilitative Therapies committee designed and implemented a four-month study to measure patient's perceptions of their treatment groups run by Rehabilitative Therapies. The survey was designed to measure self esteem, independent functioning, social interaction, expression of feelings and if the group fit into the treatment plan. The survey was filled out one day a week for the duration of the patient's hospitalization. The number of weeks in a group was included in order to assess changes in treatment and patient's perceptions of their treatments.

The data is currently under analysis, and the preliminary findings suggest that satisfaction with Horticultural Therapy began high and remained high throughout length of stay. Data will be compared with other Rehabilitative Therapies groups.