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Race as a Factor in Inpatient and Outpatient Admissions and Diagnosis
William B. Lawson; Nancy Hepler; Jack Holladay; Brian Cuffel
Psychiatric Services 1994; doi:
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This project was partly supported by a grant from the Tennessee Neuropsychiatric Institute to the senior author. The authors thank Evelyn Robertson, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Charlotte Kennedy, Ph.D., deputy commissioner, and Eric Taylor, former commissioner, for providing data and resources.

Psychiatry Service (116A-NLR), John L. McClellan Veterans' Hospital, 2200 Fort Roots Drive, North Little Rock, Arkansas 721l4

Memphis (Tenn.) State University

Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation in Nashville

Institute for Mental Health Services Research of the Western Consortium for Public Health in Berkeley, California

1994 by the American Psychiatric Association

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African Americans were found to be overrepresented in inpatient facilities in which admissions were restricted to civil commitments. The extent of their overrepresentation among outpatients was not as great. In addition, African Americans were overrepresented in the inpatient diagnostic groups, especially in the schizophrenia group; the diagnostic differences were far smaller in the outpatient setting. Future epidemiological studies of race and ethnicity should address the differential availability of services.

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