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A Nonhospital Alternative to Acute Hospitalization
H. Richard Lamb; Doris M. Lamb
Psychiatric Services 1984; doi:
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University of Southern California School of Medicine, 1934 Hospital Place, Los Angeles, California 90033

1984 by the American Psychiatric Association

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It is possible, then, for a sizable proportion of acutely psychotic and severely depressed persons to be effectively treated in a carefully designed and closely supervised open, nonhospital setting at a greatly reduced cost, and with most of their liberty retained. Essential elements of the program include full-time psychiatric coverage, varied and flexible staff roles, the use of psychoactive medications, and a variety of supports and structures to accommodate the needs of acutely psychotic persons.

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