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August 1980

Short vs Long Hospitalization Revisited

Author Affiliations

Department of Psychiatry Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center 525 E 68th St New York, NY 10021

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1980;37(8):960-961. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1980.01780210118016

To the Editor.—  We wish to comment on the findings reported by Endicott et al in "Brief vs Standard Hospitalization: For Whom?" (Archives 36:706-712, 1979). We agree that an explanation that may account for the difference between the findings of their study and ours is that brief hospitalization combined with continuity of subsequent care can give as good results as a longer hospitalization in most patients. Our findings1 are consistent with theirs that a clear contraindication to longer hospitalization is a history of previous admissions when coupled with poor prehospital functioning.