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The Case for Psychiatric Hospitalization
CHARLES J. RABINER; ABRAHAM LURIE
Am J Psychiatry 1974;131:761-764.
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Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Long Island Jewish—Hillside Medical Center, New Hyde Park, N.Y. 11004 and Associate Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Health Sciences Center

Director, Department of Social Work, Long Island Jewish—Hillside Medical Center, New Hyde Park, N.Y. 11004

1974, The American Psychiatric Association

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The goal of psychiatric treatment is to restore the patient to a reasonable state of mental health. Hospitalization is often considered to be an unnecessarily expensive component of a total treatment program. In our zeal to reduce expense, many patients for whom hospitalization is indicated are either refused admission or are prematurely discharged. The authors suggest that in certain cases the judicious use of hospitalization may be less costly in terms of the overall treatment program and also cite some of the other possible benefits to be gained from a period of hospitalization.

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