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This monograph reports empirical research on inpatient treatment in general hospitals in the United States within the broader contexts of the history of health policy (including mental health) in the United States, the effects of changes in costs and payment policies, mental disorders among special populations, changes in diagnoses and treatments, and evolving public policy issues. The issues raised profoundly effect professionals in mental health policy, planning, and treatment.
This book contains black-and-white illustrations.
Introduction. Hospitalization for Mental and Other Disorders. Public Policy Issues Affecting Psychiatric Inpatient Treatment. The National Context. Methods. The Baseline and Overall Data from 1980. Predicting Hospital LengthofStay for Psychiatric Inpatients. Who is Treated in Psychiatric Scatter Beds in General Hospitals? Changes in Site and Development of QuasiUnits. Who Pays? and to Whom? Case Mix and Dual Diagnoses. The Psychiatric Inpatient Treatment of Children and Youth in General Hospitals. Psychiatric Inpatient Treatment of the Elderly. Psychiatric Inpatient Treatment of the Disabled. Effects of Hospital Exemption from the Prospective Payment System. Summary of Empirical Findings. Some Scientific and Research Issues. Some Public Policy Issues. Conclusions. Index.