The Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit at the FDR VA Hospital is a specialized ward designed to assess and treat suicidal and assaultive patients.
Since its creation in 1983, over 1600 admissions have taken place.
The authors have previously reported that patients referred for aggressive behavior had a statistically significant higher recidivism rate, as well as a statistically significant longer length of stay.
The unit went through several changes in response to externally perceived needs and available resources.
When the census cap was decreased, the referral pattern changed and the patients were even more likely to be aggressive.
Length of stay decreased dramatically leading to a unit with a significantly higher turnover rate.
Clinical and administrative concerns are also discussed.
Mots-clés Pascal : Soin intensif, Service hospitalier, Trouble psychiatrique, Recensement, Récidive, Agressivité, Trouble comportement social, Suicide, Durée, Hospitalisation, Santé mentale, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Intensive care, Hospital ward, Mental disorder, Census, Relapse, Aggressiveness, Social behavior disorder, Suicide, Duration, Hospitalization, Mental health, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0414365
Code Inist : 002B18H05B. Création : 01/03/1996.