INPATIENT PSYCHIATRIC TREATMENT appears to be shrinking. The most recent national data indicate that in the 2-year span between 1998 and 2000, 20% of private psychiatric hospitals closed and the number of inpatient beds declined by some 20%, across all types of hospitals (
Manderscheid et al., 2004). There are 16 states reporting inpatient bed shortages (
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Mulligan, 2002). The shortages are particularly pronounced in the country's Western and Midwestern sections where bed rates per 100,000 citizens are half of those in several Mid-Atlantic States. Shrinking services means decreased access for persons who need hospital-level care, leaving little option save for emergency room treatment (
- Mulligan K.
DB seeks solution to state's shortage of psychiatry beds.
Psychiatric News. 2002; 37 (Retrieved March 1, 2006 from http://pn.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/37/18/1): 1
National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems, 2003).
- National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems
Challenges facing behavioral health care: The pressures on essential health care services.
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