Chronicity among older psychiatric inpatients

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The goal of this dissertation is to examine factors that could relate to length of stay (LOS), latency to readmission, and number of admissions. Length of stay is generally defined as the amount of time an individual stays in the facility; latency to readmission is the amount of time between the last discharge and the most recent admission for each individual. I examined several factors that related to these outcomes, including number of falls, number of assaults, medical diagnoses, psychological diagnoses, frequency of PRN medication, emergency department visits and seclusion/restraints. Structural equation modeling was used to create statistical models incorporating these variables. Several models were proposed using each variable (LOS, admits, and latency) as outcome variables. Based on these models, integrated models were proposed and analyzed. Results based on these models were discussed and future research projects were proposed.

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Clinical psychology