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Minimizing the Adverse Effects of Mass Relocation Among Chronic Psychiatric Inpatients
Gerard R. Kelly
Psychiatric Services 1983; doi:
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Research Service (151), Veterans Administration Medical Center, Perry Point, Maryland 21902; University of Maryland in Baltimore

1983 by the American Psychiatric Association

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Recent studies have reported conflicting results on the impact of intrainstitutional relocation on chronic psychiatric patients. As part of a hospital renovation project, 82 patients were assessed over a period of eight months to determine the effects of mass transfer on physical, mental, and social functioning. Twenty-five staff members also assessed the social climate before andafter the transfer. The author found that involuntary relocation of living quarters within the same institution did not significantly affect the functioning of the chronic psychiatric patients. He attributes the lack of disruption to continuity of care in a familiar environment and to a continuous schedule of supportive activities conducted outside of the ward.

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