The Psychiatric Case Register: A Versatile Device for the Application of Multiple Methodological Approaches

  • Haroutun M. Babigian
  • Dolores Burchell Jones


The significance of psychiatric case registers as research instruments has been well established. They have been utilized in the planning and evaluation of community mental health services (Gardner, et al., 1964; Miles & Gardner, 1966; Gardner & Babigian, 1966; Gardner, 1967), in epidemiological research (Miles et al., 1964; Babigian & Odoroff, 1969; Babigian, 1970; Pederson et al., 1972; Guggenheim & Babigian, 1974; Pederson et al., 1973; Kendell, et al., 1973) and in clinical research (Babigian, et al., 1965). There has been less focus however, on the research designs that may be employed with register data. Hence, the purpose of this paper is to provide a more complete description of the methodological versatility of the case register has been presented elsewhere (Bahn, 1967; Baldwin, 1970; Wing, 1970; Babigian, 1972; Wing, 1972). Although much of this paper is based on our experience with the Monroe County Psychiatric Case Register, the various research designs below are not specific to it, but can be employed with all similar registers.


Community Mental Health Community Mental Health Center Compulsory Admission Monroe County Time Series Design 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Haroutun M. Babigian
    • 1
  • Dolores Burchell Jones
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Rochester Medical CenterRochesterUSA

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