A descriptive and comparative study of selected characteristics of patients of a psychiatric day hospital



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The purpose of this study was three-fold: (1) to describe selected characteristics of a group of patients of a Psychiatric Day Hospital; (2) to compare the non-paying (or partially-paying) and the paying groups of patients with regards to these characteristics; and (3) to discover differences, if any, within each sub-group with regards to the above. The sample group included all persons who had been admitted to the Day Hospital as patients between September 1, 1966 and December 31, 1967. These patients were then divided into two sub-groups according to their status. The 'Community Mental Health' patients numbered 101, and comprised the non-paying (or partially-paying) group. Of these, 40 were males and 61 were females. There were 38 'Private' or paying patients. Of these, 9 were males and 29 were females. An analysis of the hospital records on these 139 patients revealed that information was available on a total of seven characteristics or variables. These variables were (1) sex, (2) age, (3) source of referral, (4) length of stay, (5) treatment days, (6) diagnosis, and (7) disposition. The various characteristics of the total sample group, the 'CRH' patient group and the 'Private' patient group were presented according to sex. The major findings of this study were: (1) Sex: Women patients outnumbered the men almost two to one. (2) Age: Only the male 'Private' patient differed in mean age. (3) Source of referral: The majority of all patients were referred from another hospital service. (4) Length of Stay: Female patients tended to continue in treatment longer than male patients. (5) Treatment Days: Only the male 'Private' patient differed in mean number of treatment days. (6) Diagnosis: Differences were found among the patient groups with regards to diagnostic classifications. (7) Disposition: Differences were found among the patient groups with regards to disposition.



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