This study investigated the deaths of patients sixty-five and older on a psychiatric ward to determine the mortality rate, the characteristics of illness, and the cause of death.
We analyzed the case record of patients sixty-five and older who had died during hospitalization on a psychiatric ward during a seventeen-year period.
Case data was collected by review of chart records.
The mortality rate in the patients sixty-five and older was 18/1208 (1.5%). Eight of these eighteen patients died of pneumonia.
Mortality in the acutely ill geropsychiatric inpatients was difficult to predict.
Age, sex, and diagnosis did not predict mortality.
To reduce mortality, especially in male veterans, management of geropsychiatric patients should include early recognition of pneumonia symptoms, especially for patients with history of pulmonary disease.
Mots-clés Pascal : Trouble psychiatrique, Hospitalisation, Service hospitalier, Psychiatrie, Prévalence, Mortalité, Santé mentale, Taiwan, Asie, Epidémiologie, Personne âgée, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Mental disorder, Hospitalization, Hospital ward, Psychiatry, Prevalence, Mortality, Mental health, Taiwan, Asia, Epidemiology, Elderly, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0089849
Code Inist : 002B18E. Création : 31/05/1999.