Psychiatric Quarterly

, Volume 48, Issue 3, pp 336–351

Reasons for hospitalization from a psychiatric emergency service

  • Gary D. Hanson
  • Haroutun M. Babigian
Psychiatric Administration


The reasons for hospitalization of 341 patients from a university-based psychiatric emergency service were studied. The need for protection was the most frequent reason for hospitalization (51%), with the need for inpatient diagnostic studies or treatment second in frequency (36%). The hospitalization rate was higher for older patients, widowed patients, nonwhite men, psychotics, patients having prior psychiatric care, and those accompanied by other people.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gary D. Hanson
    • 2
    • 1
  • Haroutun M. Babigian
    • 2
  1. 1.Santa Barbara
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Rochester School of Medicine and DentistryRochester

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