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Survey of psychotropic medication: usage in a large mental handicap hospital

  • D. Kohen (a1), G. Mathew (a2) and L. Fernando (a3)
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The populations in the large mental handicap hospitals are known to be diverse, ranging from elderly non-psychiatric residential groups to acutely psychotic and behaviourally disturbed patients. At present demographic variables, medical and psychiatric characteristics of populations in these hospitals are changing in parallel with implementation of community care and resettlement programmes. In resettlement programmes, discharge priorities have been given to the easy to manage and less dependent residents while new challenging behavioural units and admission assessment wards are being opened to care for the multi-handicapped population.

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BJPsych Bulletin
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  • EISSN: 1472-1473
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Survey of psychotropic medication: usage in a large mental handicap hospital

  • D. Kohen (a1), G. Mathew (a2) and L. Fernando (a3)
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