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Severity of psychiatric disorder in day hospital and in-patient admissions

Weinberg, A, Greaves, J, Creed, F and Tomenson, B 1998, 'Severity of psychiatric disorder in day hospital and in-patient admissions' , Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 98 (3) , pp. 250-253.

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This study assessed whether severity of psychiatric disorder varies across day hospital and in-patient units according to local need, and whether severity of disorder predicts length of stay and therefore costs. Data were collected for a consecutive series of 2230 in-patients and 712 day patients using the Social Behaviour Scale (data completed by nurses) and diagnosis and Clinical Global Impression (CGI) (completed by doctors). Severity of illness of subjects admitted to in-patient units, but not to day hospitals, was associated with under-privileged area score (UPA). Length of in-patient stay is most accurately predicted by Clinical Global Impression and six other variables relating to diagnosis, demographic status and individual hospital. Improved resource allocation for mental health services could be achieved if severity of disorder was routinely collected.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > RA0790 Mental health. Mental illness prevention
Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0001-690X
Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2011 12:49
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 23:51

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