Hospital Downsizing and Patients' Assaults on Staff

Hospital Downsizing and Patients' Assaults on Staff Although the downsizing and closing of state mental hospitals is occurring with increasing frequency nationwide, there appears to be only one case study of the clinical impacts of downsizing state hospitals. In this study, Snyder7 reported a four-fold increase in frequency of assaults on staff as the hospital census decreased. The present paper is a second case study of state hospital downsizing and closing in which the frequency of assaults on staff decreased by 63%. Possible explanations for the two differing outcomes are considered, and some general guidelines for the downsizing and closing of state hospitals are proposed. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Psychiatric Quarterly Springer Journals

Hospital Downsizing and Patients' Assaults on Staff

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Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 1997 by Human Sciences Press, Inc.
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Psychiatry; Public Health; Sociology, general
ISSN
0033-2720
eISSN
1573-6709
D.O.I.
10.1023/A:1025409222084
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Abstract

Although the downsizing and closing of state mental hospitals is occurring with increasing frequency nationwide, there appears to be only one case study of the clinical impacts of downsizing state hospitals. In this study, Snyder7 reported a four-fold increase in frequency of assaults on staff as the hospital census decreased. The present paper is a second case study of state hospital downsizing and closing in which the frequency of assaults on staff decreased by 63%. Possible explanations for the two differing outcomes are considered, and some general guidelines for the downsizing and closing of state hospitals are proposed.

Journal

Psychiatric QuarterlySpringer Journals

Published: Oct 14, 2004

References

  • Violence in psychiatric inpatients: A review
    Davis, S

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