Psychiatric emergency services and the system of care.

  title={Psychiatric emergency services and the system of care.},
  author={Ralph Catalano and William A. McConnell and Peter Forster and Bentson F McFarland and Dorothy Thornton},
  journal={Psychiatric services},
  volume={54 3},
OBJECTIVE Admissions to psychiatric emergency services have frequently been cited as a gauge of how well a mental health system manages behavioral disorders. However, few measurements of the longitudinal association between psychiatric emergencies and characteristics of a mental health system have been described. The purpose of this study was to assess whether weekly admissions to psychiatric emergency services would increase when outpatient services were reduced, whether weekly admissions… CONTINUE READING


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