The main aim of this pilot study was to identify factors influencing acute psychiatry bed use. The reasons for occupying a bed vary with time, so patients in the study were assessed on a weekly basis to monitor the changes in the factors thought to be responsible for continued stay. The reasons for bed occupancy also are often only known to those professionals directly involved in day to day care of patients, and it is suspected that the reasons often have little to do with manifest psychiatric illness. The reason for this study was to investigate this question.
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