The severely mentally ill in general hospital psychiatric units.
Analysis of data from the NIMH Survey of Discharges from Non-Federal General Hospitals found that severely mentally ill patients (those with schizophrenia, other psychoses, paranoia, and major affective disorders) became an increasingly larger proportion of general hospital discharges between 1970 and 1980, with more change observed between 1975 and 1980. This seems to confirm that general hospital care is replacing at least some of the care previously provided in State mental hospitals. There has been an increase in beds in nongovernment-owned general hospitals and a decrease in beds in state hospitals. In addition, while discharge referrals from government general hospitals for severe patients were made predominantly to state hospitals in 1970, in 1980 this was rarely the case.
Thompson, JW; Burns, BJ; Taube, CA
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