Although inpatient hospitalization of very short duration for schizophrenia is currently a widely prevalent treatment approach in the United States, there are few controlled studies of such treatment. Furthermore, there are no controlled studies comparing short-term (defined here as 21 to 28 days) with long-term (defined here as 90 to 120 days) inpatient treatment.
This study has been designed to try to answer, in part, the following question: What is the relative clinical cost-effectiveness of short-term hospitalization as an alternative to long-term hospitalization for schizophrenic patients in need of hospital care and for whom both types of treatment are judged clinically feasible?
Glick ID, Hargreaves WA, Goldfield MD. Short vs Long HospitalizationA Prospective Controlled Study: I. The Preliminary Results of a One-Year Follow-Up of Schizophrenics. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1974;30(3):363-369. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1974.01760090071012