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Unlocking Psychiatric Mysteries with Data Analysis

“Drugs, Data, Diagnoses.”

Believe it or not, state-operated psychiatric hospitals have not always been well managed. In part, because management doesn’t use available data to make informed decisions. Rick took on a project with a state that had years of extant data on patients in 17 psychiatric hospitals that it had never examined systematically. With Rich’s counsel, he used SPSS to analyze this very large dataset. Imagine central office administrators’ surprise to learn that we could prove length of stay for different diagnoses varied by hospital, doctor, drug regimen, or quality of community follow-up. This information helped with management, budgeting, and public perception.