The run-down and closure of a psychiatric hospital

Effects on patients' behaviour
  • V. M. Francis
  • A. Smith
Article

Summary

The run-down and closure of psychiatric hospitals can be stressful for both staff and patients. Interviews with approximately 50% of over 100 long-stay psychiatric patients during an 18 month period preceeding a hospital closure show them to be generally ill-informed as to reasons for closure and future plans for their care. However, repeat measures of behavioural functioning (CAPE and REHAB) during this running-down period show no significant changes in patients' behaviour.

Keywords

Public Health Repeat Measure Psychiatric Hospital Psychiatric Patient Future Plan 

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© Springer-Verlag 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • V. M. Francis
    • 1
  • A. Smith
    • 2
  1. 1.Central Nottinghamshire Health AuthorityRansom HospitalNr. MansfieldUK
  2. 2.Northern Regional Health Authority Newcastle-Upon-TyneNr. MansfieldUK

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