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A Survey of Patients Leaving a Mental Hospital Against Medical Advice
Karel Planansky; Roy Johnston
Psychiatric Services 1976; doi:
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University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, New York

Veterans Administration Hospital Canandaigua, New York

1976 by the American Psychiatric Association

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A consecutive series of 100 male psychiatric patients who requested release against medical advice during an 11-month period was compared with a control group consisting of a random sample of 100 patients admitted during the same period who did not submit such a request. The majority of those who submitted the request were alcoholics or schizophrenics. The authors f ound that a sizable number were either separated or divorced, were younger than patients in the control group, and were in more turbulent phases of their illness. A surprising finding was that 60 patients submted the request while on an open ward.

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