Many admissions to general adult psychiatric beds occur as emergencies, either due to social crisis or relapse of psychiatric illness. Other admissions are planned to arrest or reverse deterioration in mental state. Length of stay varies from days to months depending on reason for admission and adequacy of support in the community. Rapid readmission or failed discharge, defined as readmission within three months, has been linked with multiple previous admissions and personality factors (Jones, 1991).
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