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Patterns of Hospital Costs for Depression in General Hospital Wards and Specialized Psychiatric Settings
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In this study, we determined the patterns of long-term hospital costs for depression in different hospital settings in Nova Scotia over a three to six-year follow-up period. The study required tracking 4,383 individuals through all of their psychiatric hospitalizations. The hospital settings were general hospital nonspecialized units (general wards), psychiatric units in general hospitals or specialized psychiatric hospitals (specialized units), and mixed hospital settings. A mixed hospital setting refers to a situation in which a patient has been admitted at least once to a general ward and at least once to a specialized unit. Hospitalizations in different settings have been compared in only a few studies. Those that did often inferred the type of hospital setting. (Authors)
Psychiatric Services