Psychiatric conditions can lengthen elderly hospital stays

11/14/2007 | Medscape (free registration)

A new study suggests that elderly heart patients who have a psychiatric disorder, such as depression, bipolar disorder or alcoholism, often require longer hospital stays following heart failure, incurring greater costs for health care providers. The research finds that heart patients 65 years of age and older who had psychiatric conditions stayed in the hospital 1.4 days longer, with $1,800 to $7,800 additional associated costs than those without mental health issues.

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