A retrospective case note study of 43 patients who were residents of a locked ward in 1970, augmented by a cross-section of the ward's current residents was undertaken.
The study established a profile of the 43 patients in 1970 and determined their outcomes. A brief comparison of the use of medication then and now was also undertaken.
This view of the past aimed to provide a prospective on why and how the field has changed, and to facilitate planning for the future.
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