Retrospective Chart Review of Voluntary Admissions to an Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital in New York City: A Demographic Breakdown

  • Amir GarakaniEmail author
  • Brianna M. Cerrito
  • Amy S. Aloysi
  • Jose M. Martinez
  • Frank D. Buono
Original Paper


The current paper evaluates psychiatric needs of voluntary admissions in a large urban psychiatric hospital through a retrospective chart review, as this research is limited within the United States. A total of 581 voluntary adult psychiatric admission charts were reviewed. Continuous variables were evaluated using an ANOVA while associations between variables were examined by an unadjusted Pearson correlation coefficient a stepwise linear regression analysis. Men were significantly more likely to have a past admission for psychiatric services (p = .016), suicidal ideation (p < .001) and test positive for substances (p < .001) than women, and were more likely to be unemployed, homeless and without insurance. Women were more likely to have a past suicide attempt and a depressive disorder. A significant relationship between gender and rationale for seeking voluntary admission (p < .001) was found. This study offers understanding of male and female voluntary admissions, and a foundation for improving treatment interventions to reduce recurrent readmissions.


Voluntary Admissions Demographics Sex Gender Urban setting 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Icahn School of Medicine at Mount SinaiNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Yale School of MedicineNew HavenUSA
  3. 3.Silver Hill HospitalNew CanaanUSA
  4. 4.Fairleigh Dickinson UniversityTeaneckUSA
  5. 5.New York University Langone Medical CenterNew YorkUSA

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