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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Patients who benefit from, psychiatric admission in the general hospital
Author: Dalgalarrondo, P
Botega, NJ
Banzato, CEM
Abstract: Objectives Psychiatric hospitalization though burdensome remains a very important therapeutic option for severely-ill psychiatric patients. Hospitalization in general hospital psychiatry units (GHPU) are often regarded as the best option. A study was carried out with the purpose of assessing socioeconomic and medical variables associated with success and failure of hospitalization. Methods A review was performed on sociodemographics and medical data of 1, 463 patients admitted to a general hospital GHPU in the period between 1986 and 1997. Statistical analysis was conducted using univariate and multivariate polythomic logistic regression. Results In the multivariate analysis three factors were identified as associated to poor hospitalization outcomes (poor condition at discharge and longer hospital stay): age (3)60 years, poor social functioning, and diagnosis of organic mental disorder Conclusions Although 80% of the patients experienced a considerable symptomatic improvement, a small group benefited less from hospitalization. It is suggestive that these patients would benefit more from psychosocial interventions.
Subject: hospitalization
length of stay
hospitals, general
psychiatric department, hospital
socioeconomic factors
Country: Brasil
Editor: Revista De Saude Publica
Rights: aberto
Identifier DOI: 10.1590/S0034-89102003000500013
Date Issue: 2003
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