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The European Journal of Psychiatry

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ZEPPEGNO, P. et al. Involuntary psychiatric admissions: A retrospective study of 460 cases. Eur. J. Psychiat. [online]. 2005, vol.19, n.3, pp.133-143. ISSN 0213-6163.

Introduction: We collected the data relating to involuntary hospital treatment (IHT) in the University Psychiatric Ward at Novara Hospital between 1991 and 2002, and compared them with those relating to Piedmont and the whole of Italy. Methods: The data were collected from the ward medical records. Results: IHT was much more frequent among young male schizophrenics living with their families of origin. Most of the subjects were not working at the time of admission. There was a statistically significant correlation between male gender and the risk of being admitted for a period of less than 12 days. The risk of being admitted for more than 12 days significantly correlated with the province of birth and residence, as well as with a diagnosis of schizophrenic psychosis. Conclusions: Schizophrenia is the diagnosis that is most frequently associated with IHT.

Palabras clave : Involuntary hospital treatment (IHT); Epidemiology; Schizophrenic psychosis.

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