Inpatient psychiatry: perspectives from the general, the private, and the state hospital

Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 1984 Jul;6(3):180-90. doi: 10.1016/0163-8343(84)90038-0.


Although it is widely recognized that inpatient psychiatry is different as it is practiced in the general, private, and state hospital, why and how it is different have not been clearly articulated. In this paper, the directors of inpatient units in a general hospital, a private hospital, and a state hospital first provide an analysis of how the history and the organizational structures of these units have shaped their identity. The authors then specifically detail the different patient populations, referral sources, financial bases, leadership arrangements, milieu philosophies, research and training activities, and lengths of stay on these units. Finally, on the basis of the reality and the value of different inpatient settings, a view toward the future of inpatient psychiatry is offered.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Community Mental Health Centers / organization & administration*
  • Hospitals, Psychiatric / organization & administration*
  • Hospitals, Public / organization & administration*
  • Hospitals, State / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Length of Stay
  • Massachusetts
  • Mental Disorders / therapy*
  • Patient Care Planning / organization & administration
  • Psychiatric Department, Hospital / organization & administration*