The Impact of Psychiatric Comorbidity on General Hospital Length of Stay

The Impact of Psychiatric Comorbidity on General Hospital Length of Stay Medical inpatients often suffer from comorbid psychiatric illness, which has been shown in previous studies to be associated with longer hospital stays. The present analysis used a large representative dataset to examine the impact of patient demographic and clinical characteristics on the relationship between psychiatric comorbidity and hospital length of stay. Analyses showed the existence of a psychiatric comorbidity predicted longer hospital stays for medical inpatients. However, in comparison to previous research, this effect was attenuated in this sample. Patients with mental disorders who were elderly, on Medicare, and those with schizophrenia or mood disorders were especially at risk for slightly longer lengths of stay. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Psychiatric Quarterly Springer Journals

The Impact of Psychiatric Comorbidity on General Hospital Length of Stay

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Publisher
Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2006 by Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Psychiatry; Public Health; Sociology, general
ISSN
0033-2720
eISSN
1573-6709
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11126-006-9007-x
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Abstract

Medical inpatients often suffer from comorbid psychiatric illness, which has been shown in previous studies to be associated with longer hospital stays. The present analysis used a large representative dataset to examine the impact of patient demographic and clinical characteristics on the relationship between psychiatric comorbidity and hospital length of stay. Analyses showed the existence of a psychiatric comorbidity predicted longer hospital stays for medical inpatients. However, in comparison to previous research, this effect was attenuated in this sample. Patients with mental disorders who were elderly, on Medicare, and those with schizophrenia or mood disorders were especially at risk for slightly longer lengths of stay.

Journal

Psychiatric QuarterlySpringer Journals

Published: Sep 7, 2006

References

  • Does psychiatric comorbidity increase the length of stay in general hospitals?
    Wancata, J; Benda, N; Windhaber, J; Nowotny, M
  • The impact of psychiatric comorbidity on length of stay of medical inpatients
    Furlanetto, LM; da Dilva, RV; Beuno, JR

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