When I was on clinical rotation in a mental health hospital, I was talking with the doc about the very short-term "bandaid" care offered, and the lack of longer-term inpatient therapeutic programs in our area, and he told me that (at least in the case of bipolar) every time there is a an acute exacerbation of a patient's illness and they need to be rehospitalized, they become harder and harder to treat effectively and their prognosis worsens. In other words, if it were effectively managed, they would do better in the long run, and this rapid-turnaround type of treatment was contributing to their progressive deterioration.
I just made this point in a paper I am writing for school, but realized I have no way of backing this assertion up. (Obviously I can't reference a conversation with a doctor who's name I have forgotten!) Does anyone have any research information that I could cite, on this. I have tried looking on CINAHL which we have access to through school, but I must not be using the right search terms. Any leads would be appreciated! Thanks!