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A Follow-up of Chronic Patients Committed to Outpatient Treatment
Virginia A. Hiday; Teresa L Scheid-Cook
Psychiatric Services 1989; doi:
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North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina 27695, The Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania

1989 by the American Psychiatric Association

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Data collected in a statewide study of psychiatric patients involved in civil commitment bearings in North Carolina were used to evaluate the effectiveness of outpatient commitment as a less restrictive alternative to involuntary hospitalization. Six months after the commitment bearings, outcome data for patients who were committed to outpatient treatment were compared with outcome data for patients who were released and patients who were involuntarily hospitalized. All three groups comprised patients who were chronically mentally ill, had previously been hospitalized, and had histories of medication refusal and dangerousness. Patients who were committed to outpatient treatment were significantly more likely than patients with the other two dispositions to utilize aftercare services and to continue in treatment.

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