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Extended Hospital Care as Treatment of Choice
Joanne Zaleski; Melvin S. Gale; Carolyn Winget
Psychiatric Services 1979; doi:
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Department of Psychiatry University of Cincinnati Medical College Cincinnati, Ohio

American Psychiatric Association

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A review of the histories of six patients who failed to adapt to community living after hospital discharge identified six factors that are predictive of serious maladjustment in the community. They are the absence of a family or social network, repeated threats of violent behavior, previous hospitalization, poor previous functioning inability to take responsibility for medical and mental health treatment, and suffering. Patients identified by two or more factors are likely to be unable to cope with life outside the hospital. The authors question whether attempting to maintain such patients in the community is desirable in terms of economic cost and patient suffering.

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