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Outcome at Discharge for Patients in an Ongoing Follow-up Study of Hospital Treatment
Lolafaye Coyne; Melissa J. Smith; C. David Deering; Carolyn Grame; Debra E. Langworthy; Thomas E. Rooks; Morris W. Taylor; Herbert E. Spohn
Psychiatric Services 1990; doi:
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The authors acknowledge the assistance of Elizabeth David, M.D., formerly of the Menninger Clinic, and David P. Parker, M.S.W., of the community service office of the Menninger Clinic as interviewers and raters and in the conceptualization of the study.

Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kansas

1990 by the American Psychiatric Association

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Methodological and practical difficulties have limited the growth of knowledge about outcome of psychiatric hospital treatment. The authors report on outcome at hospital discharge for 103 long-term and 93 short-term patients treated at the C. F. Menninger Memorial Hospital, part of an ongoing follow-up study of hospital treatment. Discharge outcome is based mainly on ratings of symptoms, global functioning, and therapeutic alliance as well as on patients' reports of satisfaction. At discharge both long- and short-term patients were found to have low levels of symptoms (based on the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale) and a relatively adequate level of functioning (in the 51-to-60 range on the Global Assessment Scale) and to have been highly satisfied with treatment.

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