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Brief Hospitalization on a Crisis Service: A Study of Patient and Treatment Variables
W. RAY WALKER; LOWELL B. PARSONS; W. DOUGLAS SKELTON
Am J Psychiatry 1973;130:896-900.
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Chief Resident in Psychiatry, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Ga., and with the Department of Psychiatry, Grady Memorial Hospital, 80 Butler St., S.E., Atlanta, Ga. 30303

Assistant Professors of Psychiatry, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Ga., and with the Department of Psychiatry, Grady Memorial Hospital, 80 Butler St., S.E., Atlanta, Ga. 30303

1973, The American Psychiatric Association

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The authors conducted a study of a brief hospitalization unit of a general hospital crisis intervention service to obtain empirical data on certain aspects of the patients and of the treatment services. They found that patients admitted to the unit had major psychiatric problems and that the same number with similar psychopathology were admitted during the day as during the night. Twice as many patients were discharged with plans for outpatient treatment than for inpatient treatment; these two groups differed on several dimensions of psychopathology. The authors discuss the implications of these findings for staff and treatment programs on such a unit.

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