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Lessons to be learned from the oldest community psychiatric service in the world: Geel in Belgium

  • Henck P. J. G. van Bilsen (a1)
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This article reviews the family foster care model practised in the small Belgian town of Geel. A historical introduction is followed by a description of a family foster care project in its current form. Issues are raised as to whether the current culture of care pathways, managed care, payment by results and an emphasis on ‘cure’ are conducive to recovery as promoted by the recovery model. Finally, the lessons from Geel are summarised and it is argued that there is much that can be learned from this way of working to support the recovery movement.

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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 Henck P. J. G. van Bilsen (henck.vanbilsen@waikatodhb.health.nz)
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Lessons to be learned from the oldest community psychiatric service in the world: Geel in Belgium

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