The Length of Stay of Psychiatric Inpatients

  title={The Length of Stay of Psychiatric Inpatients},
  author={S. D. Sharma and Cecilia Kurien},
  booktitle={Indian journal of psychiatry},
The length of stay (L.O.S.) in psychiatric inpatient units has become increasingly relevant as external pressures for economic justification of this expensive treatment modality have reinforced clinical and research misgivings about possible adverse effects of hospitalization (Krishner 1982). In a country like India, where the number of psychiatric beds is 0.03 to 0.04 per thousand population, there is a great need to keep hospital stay short. In the past, mental hospitals offered only life… CONTINUE READING


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