Trends over a decade for a general hospital psychiatry unit Academic Article Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Depressive Disorder
  • Models, Theoretical


  • This study examines the composition and delivery of services in a general hospital inpatient psychiatry unit during a 10-year period. Multiple regression techniques were used to assess the association of clinical, insurance, and demographic data with length of stay and likelihood of readmission for all admissions from 1985-1993. Two variables became progressively associated with readmission--Medicaid and psychotic diagnosis. The results indicate that: (1) the hospital is increasingly treating a poorer, sicker group of patients with shorter lengths of stay and more readmissions, and (2) the rise in readmissions, particularly within vulnerable populations, could represent an inadequate length of initial treatment. Future research should further investigate the generalizability of these results and implications for quality of inpatient care.

publication date

  • August 11, 1998



  • Academic Article


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1023/A:1022296608777

PubMed ID

  • 10582385

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 427

end page

  • 35


  • 25


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