n South African Psychiatry Review - Duration of hospitalization in an acute psychiatric unit : letter to the editor




Extracted from text ... South African Psychiatry Review - August 2004 37 Duration of hospitalization in an acute psychiatric unit Making more efficient use of existing funding and cutting the cost of in-patient care in South Africa has stimulated a lot of debate about the factors influencing the length of hospitalisation. Studies have indicated that whilst a long hospital stay (>7 days) does not decrease subsequent hospitalisation, improve social adjustment or diminish psychopathology1, 2, short stay (< 7 days) after the initial evaluation is cited as one of the reasons for failure of community care3, 4 and the emergence of "revolving door" and ..


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