An information processing system for the psychiatric emergency room

Lynn L. Peterson, Kent O. Dana, Joan S. Reisch, Thomas Hibberd, Maurice Korman, Paul I. Munves, Alvin J. North, Thomas A. Van Hoose, Frank Trimboli

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An information processing system for a psychiatric emergency room is described. Several studies are presented that show the utility of the system. In the first study, variables involved in diagnosis are explicated. The second study attempts to determine the characteristics that distinguish recidivists from nonrecidivists at an emergency room. The third study attempts to find patient variables related to success in short-term treatment programs. The final study is aimed at discovering whether there are psychopathological effects related to the use of inhalants. Together, these studies show the potential of a mental health information system for learning more about the nature of mental disorders and their treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)485-498
Number of pages14
JournalBehavior Research Methods & Instrumentation
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)


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