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A combined inpatient and partial hospital program
Psychiatric Services 1997; doi:
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This paper describes a combined inpatient and partial hospital program, with a ten-bed short-term inpatient unit and a partial hospital program that can accommodate 24 patients. Inpatients and partial hospital patients are treated together by the same staff in a program located in the partial hospital. The authors highlight features of the program that address the five elements of continuity: place, personnel, program, patient-peers, and plan for treatment. The discussion focuses on the importance of continuity in sustaining a combined unit; potential benefits for patients, families, staff, and trainees; attractiveness to third-party payers; and impediments to fully realizing the potential of the unit.

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