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Staffing of Adult Psychiatric Inpatient Facilities
John J. Treanor; Karen E. Cotch
Psychiatric Services 1990; doi:
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Buffalo Psychiatric Center, 400 Forest Avenue, Buffalo, New York 14213, The Department of Psychiatry at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine

Buffalo Psychiatric Center, The Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology at the State University of New York at Buffalo

1990 by the American Psychiatric Association

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Administrators who have studied the relationship between facility staffing levels and quality of care have been frustrated by problems in defining case load and organizational structure. To help eliminate ambiguity, the authors propose criteria for setting staffing levels for several types of inpatient wards in public psychiatric facilities, based on reporting, observation, and analysis of daily tasks performed by staff at an adult psychiatric center with 600 patients. Definitions of understaffing, minimal staffing, and optimal staffing are proposed.

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