Effect of length of inpatient treatment for chronic schizophrenia.

  title={Effect of length of inpatient treatment for chronic schizophrenia.},
  author={Carol L. M. Caton},
  journal={The American journal of psychiatry},
  volume={139 7},
Brief hospitalization policies have accompanied the deinstitutionalization movement, yet length of inpatient stay in facilities under state and local administration remains quite varied. A 1-year study of 119 chronic schizophrenic patients hospitalization in New York City between 1977 and 1979 revealed that length of inpatient stay bore no relationship to subsequent hospitalization, treatment compliance, or clinical or social functioning in the community. Rather, a patient's postdischarge… CONTINUE READING