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December 1965

Trends in Admissions to a State Hospital, 1942-1964

Author Affiliations

From the Fairfield Hills Hospital. Chief of Professional Services (Dr. Oltman), and Assistant Superintendent (Dr. Friedman).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1965;13(6):544-551. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1965.01730060062009

THIS IS A study of trends in admissions to a state psychiatric institution during the past 23 years—from 1942, the first complete year of direct admissions to this hospital, through 1964. This institution, with a current census of approximately 2,700 inpatients, is one of three major state hospitals in Connecticut.

Each first admission* to the hospital was recorded and tabulated by year of admission and diagnosis. In order to avoid an excessively detailed statistical presentation, the data were finally recorded in terms of the annual averages of four-year periods. Thus the first admission figures in the Table represent an annual average of the yearly admissions during the period, 1942-1945. This procedure was continued until the last figures which represent the annual average of the remaining three-year period, 1962-1964. Data for the general population of Connecticut were obtained from the registration reports of the

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