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Age inclusive services or separate old age and working age services? A historical analysis from the formative years of old age psychiatry c.1940–1989

  • Claire Hilton (a1)
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The Equality Act 2010 made it unlawful to discriminate in the provision of services on the grounds of age. This legislation is open to interpretation, but it is affecting the way older people's services are defined and provided. Historical evidence indicates that, since the 1940s, apart from psychiatrists working in dedicated old age services, most were unenthusiastic about working with mentally unwell older people and unsupportive of those who chose to do so. A historical analysis might shed light on current dilemmas about ‘all age’ or ‘old age’ services and inform decision-making on future mental health services.

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This is an open-access article published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Correspondence to: Claire Hilton (claire.hilton@nhs.net)
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Age inclusive services or separate old age and working age services? A historical analysis from the formative years of old age psychiatry c.1940–1989

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