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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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CASTRO, Sueli Aparecida de; FUREGATO, Antonia Regina Ferreira  and  SANTOS, Jair Licio Ferreira. Sociodemographic and Clinical Characteristics of Psychiatric Re-hospitalizations. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2010, vol.18, n.4, pp.800-808. ISSN 1518-8345.

Segregated individuals with mental disorders, families without support or guidance concerning disease and treatment, and unprepared professionals are some of the factors that can contribute to re-hospitalizations. This study identifies sociodemographic variables, clinical conditions, diagnoses and treatments in order to identify their relationship with psychiatric re-hospitalizations. This is an exploratory and descriptive study. A form was used to search data in patients' files from 2006 and 2007 in a regional psychiatric facility. A total of 681 re-hospitalizations were identified, the majority due to treatment abandonment. Length of hospitalization was higher for women between 40 and 49 years of age. Positive associations of sociodemographic data with previous hospitalizations were found, such as type of discharge, and physical and mental condition, which is in accordance with the literature. Readmissions are associated with sociodemographic and clinical indicators. These findings can guide care and public policies regarding mental health.

Keywords : Hospitalization; Psychiatry; Psychiatric Nursing; Mental Health.

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