“Study Finds Mental Health Patients No Better Off Behind Locked Doors”

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The Lancet Psychiatry published a study last week finding no benefit to locking up patients in mental health hospitals. Data on 145,000 patients found no difference in rates of suicide and patients leaving against advice when comparing those with similar symptoms severity in locked and unlocked wards. “Psychiatry professor Tom Burns, whose commentary on the study was also published in The Lancet, told Nine To Noon an open-door policy could be preferable for those with depression, anxiety or psychosis, as it promoted a better therapeutic atmosphere and more positive health outcomes.”

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5 COMMENTS

    • King of Prussia, Pa.-based Universal Health Services saw revenues and net income increase in the second quarter of 2016.

      UHS revenues jumped 6.8 percent year over year to $2.43 billion in the second quarter of 2016. The financial boost was attributable, in part, to an increase in patient volume. On a same-facility basis, UHS saw admissions climb 3.9 percent year over year at its acute care hospitals when adjusted for outpatient activity. The for-profit hospital operator recorded net income of $185.58 million in the second quarter, up from $182.19 million in the same period of 2015.

      http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/finance/uhs-posts-slight-growth-in-q2-profit.html

      If UHS couldn’t keep people locked in its hellholes those profits would drop 80%

      Net income of $185.58 million, meanwhile the jail like phones on the wall for patient prisoners only allow “local calls”. Its 2016, except for these dirt bags I haven’t heard anyone use the antiquated term “long distance phone call” in 20 years.

      This site is dedicated to all the people who were harmed or killed in UHS facilities. They speak for those who have no voice, to protect others from experiencing the pain they endured. https://watchinguhs.wordpress.com/

  1. Nobody sees the big picture? The greatest benefit of locking mentally ill people up is the benefit to society by not having to deal with them. That’s why society turned to police and jails once all the asylums were closed. They have to go somewhere. I for one would rather it be a nice cozy healthcare environment than a jail or an encampment under a bridge somewhere. But there are some mentally ill folks who would choose the freedom of the streets over the security of the hospital. As long as they aren’t breaking the law or bothering people, fine. But if they are, they’ll eventually be rounded up and I think if we do our part to support the mental hospitals, maybe more of them will end up in a therapeutic environment rather than jail.