A National Survey of New Long Stay Psychiatric Inpatients
A generation of psychiatric patients has now been exposed to the concept of community care, a central idea of which is that long-term inpatient care is to be avoided wherever possible. This has led to a considerable reduction in the number of non-geriatric long-stay beds. However, much psychiatric illness runs a chronic course and inevitably some patients still need to be in hospital for lengthy periods of time. These are the ‘new long stay’.
KeywordsPsychiatric Hospital Catchment Population Assessment Team Chronic Mental Illness Longstanding Illness
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