Woolston JL, Riddle MA
SourceJ Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 1990 Nov; 29(6)
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.
MeshAdolescentAffective SymptomsChildChild Behavior DisordersChild, PreschoolChromosome AberrationsChromosome DisordersCosts and Cost AnalysisDelirium, Dementia, Amnestic, Cognitive DisordersHumansMedical Laboratory Science
Journal Article Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't