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AMA discharge from a psychiatric inpatient unit.
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PMID:  7228530     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study examines AMA discharges from a psychiatric inpatient unit. Such discharges are found to occur with greater frequency (p .005) among individuals with alcoholism and character disorders. The AMA patients do not, however, seem to form a homogeneous group in themselves. This study identifies two subgroups of AMA patients: the "early" AMA and the "late" AMA, depending upon their length of stay in the hospital prior to AMA discharge. The demographic, clinical and psychodynamic differences between the two sub-groups are discussed. Some practical recommendations are made in regard to the prevention and management of AMA discharge requests.
S Akhtar; J Helfrich; R F Mestayer
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The International journal of social psychiatry     Volume:  27     ISSN:  0020-7640     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Soc Psychiatry     Publication Date:  1981  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1981-07-09     Completed Date:  1981-07-09     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0374726     Medline TA:  Int J Soc Psychiatry     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  143-50     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Alcoholism / psychology*
Length of Stay
Middle Aged
Patient Discharge
Patient Dropouts / psychology*
Personality Disorders / psychology*
Psychiatric Department, Hospital
Sex Factors

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