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Analysis of State Hospital Length of Stay Patterns: A Longitudinal, Patient Level Study (1984-1989)

Completed in 1995

The length of stay of patients of patients residing at state psychiatric hospitals between 1984 and 1989 was examined using episode level data from the Collaborative State Hospital Longitudinal Data Base. The analyses indicated that a small percentage of patients remain in state psychiatric hospitals for a long period of time. Factors that increase the likelihood that a patient will have a long length of stay include: being diagnosed with schizophrenia, re-admission, and being over the age of 35. Read the report