Hospital recidivism produces substantial human costs in suffering and demoralization. This project examined 102 de-identified records of uninsured, seriously mentally ill individuals with co-occurring substance-use disorders who were committed to the hospital for psychiatric reasons. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th ed., text rev.; DSM-IV-TR; American Psychiatric Association, 2000) diagnosis, substance(s) abused, ethnicity, gender, age, marital status, treatment compliance, and living status, will be compared in terms of length of stay and number of hospital stays, to describe and explain the findings. Applied descriptive statistics and bivariate analyses were used to test the hypotheses. The results suggest that as the length of the first stay decreases, the number of subsequent hospital stays increases. Results showed this pattern for the overall population, for patients with a psychotic disorder, and for patients with a marital status of single.
|School Location:||United States -- Virginia|
|Source:||DAI-B 73/04, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Clinical psychology, Quantitative psychology|
|Keywords:||Hospital recidivism, Length of stay, Number of stays, Psychotic disorder, Serious mental illness, Substance use disorder, Treatment compliance|
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