Data were obtained concerning all admissions during a four-year period of persons aged 65 years and over, from a defined catchment area, to the general hospital psychiatric units in the area or to the nearest psychiatric hospital.
The mean length of stay was 41.3 days.
Of 449 admissions, 55% were diagnosed as having affective disorder or adjustment disorder with depressed mood, but this group accounted for 65% of the bed-days in the acute units with a mean length of stay of 49.2 days.
Dementia cases accounted for 24% of admissions and 23% of bed-days.
At present, the recommended number of acute psychogeriatric beds to serve this population of 34,000 elderly is 22; development of a comprehensive psychogeriatric service with appropriate community staffing may make it possible to reduce this number.
Mots-clés Pascal : Trouble psychiatrique, Durée, Hospitalisation, Organisation santé, Santé mentale, Organisation hospitalière, Hôpital jour, Traitement communautaire, Hôpital psychiatrique, Vieillard, Homme, Australie, Océanie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Mental disorder, Duration, Hospitalization, Public health organization, Mental health, Hospital organization, Day hospital, Community treatment, Psychiatric hospital, Elderly, Human, Australia, Oceania
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Cote : 93-0519593
Code Inist : 002B18H05. Création : 199406.