The Reformation of Chronic Psychiatric Wards into Group-Therapeutic Units

  • Raoul Schindler


In all large institutions one finds “terminal stations”. In hospitals these are the wards for chronic patients, where those accumulate who cannot progress further. This applies both: for the patients, who are placed there because they were found to be unfit for discharge, but also for the staff-members who do not wish to work there but who, for whatever reason, were less able than others to hold out against it. One would prefer not to be there, one is weary, discontented, experiences the situation as repulsive. Other wards have washed their hands of the unsolvable problems and place them there. All units resolve their medical problems, the patients recover or die, only the chronic ward fails to provide a solution. It carries the guilt of the hospital, failure in the face of expectations of cure.


Chronic Patient Building Work Border Group Budget Proposal Goal Situation 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Raoul Schindler
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  1. 1.Psychiatric Hospital of ViennaViennaAustria

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