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The "Chronic" Mental Hospital Patient
Carl A. Taube; James W. Thompson; Marilyn J. Rosenstein; Beatrice M. Rosen; Howard H. Goldman
Psychiatric Services 1983; doi:
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National Institute of Mental Health's Division of Biometry and Epidemiology

1983 by the American Psychiatric Association

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The rapid decrease in the resident population ofstate hospitals over the last decade has engendered a debate over the future role of the state hospital in the overall mental health services system. The authors report on a 1979 study of more than 2,000 state hospital patients designed to evaluate the characteristics of the current hospital population. Theirfindings document the existence ofa new long-stay population that in many ways is similar to the old long-stay population that existed before deinstitutionalization. Continued hospitalization of the new population of long-stay patients, who now are younger than the old long-stay patient group, could cost more than $ 500 million dollars a year. The authors discuss the difficulty in predicting future trendsfrom the existing data and outline four areas for future re-search.

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