Social psychiatry

, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp 158–167 | Cite as

The use of psychiatric services in three urban areas: An international case register study

  • Lorna Wing
  • J. K. Wing
  • Anthea Hailey
  • Anita K. Bahn
  • Helen E. Smith
  • J. A. Baldwin


The aims and advantages of Psychiatric Case Registers are summarised. Some preliminary results from three such Registers, covering Aberdeen (Scotland), Baltimore (USA) and Camberwell (London, England) are compared. The reported prevalence on one day was about 1% of the population aged over 15 years in all three areas with another 1% being reported during the subsequent 12 months. Certain differences in age- and sex-distribution, in diagnostic composition, and in coordination between agencies and services are discussed. On the whole, however, in these three urban areas, the similarities outweigh the differences. Possibilities for future comparisons are suggested.


Public Health Urban Area Register Study Psychiatric Service Case Register 
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Les buts et les avantages des registres de cas psychiatriques sont résumés. Quelques résultats préliminaires de trois de ces registres, celui d'Aberdeen (Ecosse), de Baltimore (USA) et de Camberwell (Londres, Angleterre) sont comparés. On y note une fréquence journalière d'environ 1% de la population âgée de plus de 15 ans dans les trois zones, un autre l% étant noté pendant les 12 mois consécutifs. Certaines différences dans la distribution des âges et des sexes, dans la composition du diagnostic et dans la coordination entre agences et services sont discutées. Dans l'ensemble cependant, dans ces trois zones urbaines, les similitudes dépassent les différences. Des possibilités de futures comparaisons sont suggérées.


Ziele und Vorteile eines psychiatrischen Fall-Registers werden zusammenfassend dargestellt. Es erfolgt ein Vergleich einiger vorläufiger Ergebnisse aus drei Registern, welche in Aberdeen (Schottland), Baltimore (USA) und Camberwell (London, England) gewonnen wurden. Die Stichtag-Häufigkeit bezogen auf eine Bevölkerung von über 15 Jahren in diesen drei Gebieten lag bei 1%; während der nachfolgenden 12 Monate kam ein weiterer Anteil von 1% der Bevölkerung hinzu. Diskutiert werden gewisse Unterschiede der Alters- und Geschlechtsverteilung, der diagnostischen Zusammensetzung und der Koordination zwischen verschiedenartigen psychiatrischen Einrichtungen. Aufs ganze gesehen überwogen in diesen drei Stadtgebieten die Ähnlichkeiten der Register-Resultate die Unterschiede. Abschließend werden die Aussichten künftiger Vergleiche erörtert.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lorna Wing
    • 1
  • J. K. Wing
  • Anthea Hailey
  • Anita K. Bahn
  • Helen E. Smith
  • J. A. Baldwin
  1. 1.MRC Social Psychiatry Research UnitInstitute of PsychiatryLondon, S. E. 5

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