When should governments increase the supply of psychiatric beds?

@article{Allison2018WhenSG,
  title={When should governments increase the supply of psychiatric beds?},
  author={Susannah M Allison and Tarun J Bastiampillai and Julio Licinio and Doris A Fuller and Niranjan Bidargaddi and Steven S. Sharfstein},
  journal={Molecular Psychiatry},
  year={2018},
  volume={23},
  pages={796-800}
}
Low numbers of hospital-based psychiatric beds create problems for people with severe mental illness (SMI), when they face extended emergency department (ED) waits, higher thresholds for admission to an acute bed, and short revolving-door stays with high rates of rehospitalisation. Limited access to inpatient treatment has been associated with higher suicide risk, premature mortality, homelessness, violent crime and incarceration. Ultimately, people with SMI can be transinstitutionalised to the… CONTINUE READING
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