The Role of Advanced Technology in Inpatient Child Psychiatry: Leading Edge or Useful Aid?

JOSEPH L. WOOLSTON, MARK A. RIDDLE

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Abstract

New technology has played a catalytic role in advancing understanding of etiology, diagnosis, and treatment in virtually all fields of medicine. Child psychiatry, a relatively new medical specialty, has begun to employ such advanced technology in diagnosis and treatment monitoring. This current study demonstrates that, in an inpatient child psychiatric setting, such advanced technology has a positive diagnostic yield of 5% for new medical diagnoses and a cost of about 0.5% of the hospital bed cost. Other tests, such as psychotropic blood level monitoring and psychometric evaluation of cognitive functioning, have a much higher yield. J. Am. Acad. Child Adolesc. Psychiatry, 1990, 29, 6:905–908.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)905-908
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Volume29
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • adolescents
  • children
  • diagnostic technology
  • inpatient child psychiatry
  • service utilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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