Patterns of use changes in diagnosis during first admission

Yigal Ginaih, Jonathan Rabinowitz, Miriam Popper, Mordechai Mark, Michael Ritsner

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The goal of this study was to describe patterns of diagnosis and to explore the extent to which diagnosis changes during first-in-life psychiatric admissions. All 2,998 first admissions to Israeli psychiatric wards in 1989 were studied. Diagnosis did not change in at least 60% of the cases. Diagnoses in order of stability were: mental retardation (84%), substance abuse (82%), organic conditions (77.5%), neurotic (75%), schizophrenia (74%), personality disorders (73%), affective (68%), childhood (55%), paranoid (45%) and V-codes (22%). There was less change in diagnosis for patients over 45 (37.5%), than for patients aged 19ndash;44 (43.2%) and 15ndash;18 (57.8%). Diagnoses assigned at admission to first hospitalization are not likely to change during that hospitalization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-45
Number of pages7
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1996
Externally publishedYes


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