Psychiatric co-morbidities and patients with head and spinal cord trauma. Effects on acute hospital care

John S. Lyons, David B. Larson, Barbara J. Burns, Nathan Cope, Sydney Wright, Jeffrey S. Hammer

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Three hundred twenty-one patients with traumatic head and spinal cord injuries were studied. Forty-two of these patients (13.1%) received psychiatric consultation services. Two types of consultation patients were identified-one receiving psychiatric consultation services in the acute-care hospital and one receiving psychiatric services in the post-acute care, long-term rehabilitation center. In order to assess the impact of psychiatric co-morbidities on hospital length of stay and changes, 40 consultation patients (23 acute and 17 rehabilitation) were matched to 87 control patients who received no psychiatric services. Matching was done on severity of injury, age, and sex. Psychiatric consultation cases had significantly longer stays than did matched controls. There were no differences on total charges.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)292-297
Number of pages6
JournalGeneral Hospital Psychiatry
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1988

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Funding Information:
The present research was funded by contract 86MOO98784010 from the National Institute of Mental Health. The authors wish to acknowledge Paul R. Meyer, ]r., M.D., Mitchel Bass, and Melissa Ferguson for their help in assembling these data.

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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