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Can J Psychiatry. 1996 Feb;41(1):49-51.

Reduction of length of stay in an acute care psychiatric unit.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon.

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  • Can J Psychiatry 1996 Jun;41(5):319.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To study the association between reduced length of stay in an acute care psychiatric unit and readmission rates.

METHOD:

Data on average length of stay, total discharges and readmission rates from April 1988 to March 1994 for 2 hospitals with high average lengths of stay was obtained from the Canadian Institute for Health Information database.

RESULTS:

The average length of stay decreased from 25 days to 16 days, reaching the national level at one hospital. An initial increase in the readmission rate subsequently declined to pre-study levels. There was no change in length of stay at the other hospital.

CONCLUSION:

Reducing the length of stay in an acute care facility by 9 days to an average of 16 days did not lead to a sustained increase in the readmission rate.

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