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Medical Disorders Associated With Psychiatric Comorbidity and Prolonged Hospital Stay
George Fulop; James J. Strain; Marianne C. Fahs; Jeffrey S. Hammer; John S. Lyons
Psychiatric Services 1989; doi:
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This work was supported by the Green Fund.

Division of Health Economics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine of the City University of New York

Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine

Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago

1989 by the American Psychiatric Association

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Our study shows that increased length of stay is associated with the presence of psychiatric comorbidity in inpatients who have certain medical illnesses such as neoplasms; circulatory, digestive, renal, and respiratory disorders; and operative procedures. Our resuits suggest that the effects of psychiatric interventions for such patients should be explored and that studies of the cost-effectiveness of psychiatric interventions should be focused on categories of medical illness in which psychiatric comorbidity is associated with increased length of stay.Collaboration between researchers in medicine and psychiatry is an important approach to containing the cost of hospital care, and by furthering the recognition and treatment of psychiatric comorbidities, such collaboration can also enhance patient's health.

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