Year: 2005 Source: American Journal of Psychiatry, v.162, no.7, (July 2005), p.1291-1298 SIEC No: 20052213

This study examined inpatient & outpatient service use & 4-year outcomes of newly admitted psychotic patients by using 573 participants of the Suffolk County Mental Health Project. This group comprised patients with psychotic disorders first admitted between September 1989 & August 1995 to 12 inpatient facilities. The subjectsÕ service use, course of illness, symptomatic outcomes, suicide risk, homelessness risk, & satisfaction with care were compared across admission years. The results showed that the length of inpatient stays decreased significantly across the years. (LC) (24 refs)