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An inner city home treatment service for acute psychiatric patients

  • Christine Dean and Elaine Gadd (a1)
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Over the last ten years it has been shown that it is possible to treat the majority of patients with acute psychiatric illness in their own homes. Home treatment has been shown to produce a superior outcome to hospital care on measures of symptomatology, subsequent independent living and employment status (Hoult, 1986) self-esteem (Stein & Test, 1980) and may decrease the need for re-admission. Additionally, home treatment decreases the burden felt by the relatives (Pai & Kapur, 1982) and may enable them to cope better with the patient after the acute episode.

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Birmingham City Council (1989) Ward Unemployment Summary for the year to January 1989. Information Group, Birmingham.
Hoult, J. (1986) Community care of the acutely mentally ill. British Journal of Psychiatry, 149, 137144.
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Pai, S. & Kapur, R. L. (1982) Impact of treatment intervention on the relationship between dimensions of clinical psychopathology, social dysfunction and burden on the family of psychiatric patients. Psychological Medicine, 12, 651658.
Stein, L. I. & Test, M. A. (1980) Alternative to mental hospital treatment. I. Conceptual model, treatment programme and clinical evaluation. Archives of General Psychiatry, 37, 392397.
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An inner city home treatment service for acute psychiatric patients

  • Christine Dean and Elaine Gadd (a1)
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