Objective: Average length of inpatient stay at psychiatric hospitals in Japan has been consistently longer than that in any other developed country, and was 330 days in 1996. Although some reforms have been implemented with the intention of decreasing length of stay (LOS), appreciable reductions have not been achieved. The present study examined hospital characteristics associated with length of stay in regional psychiatric hospitals in Japan, in order to identify variables that might help to reduce LOS.
Health Policy – Elsevier
Published: Oct 1, 2005
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