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Three psychiatric day centres in a London borough

  • Martin W. Orrell (a1) and Sonia Johnson (a2)
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Research on day care has tended to focus on the day hospitals rather than day centres. A substantial body of work has evaluated the success of the day hospital as an alternative to the acute admission ward (Herz et al, 1971; Creed et al, 1989). But many day hospitals appear to have taken on long-term supports, the role envisaged for the day centres, as their principal function, rather than short-term treatment (Pryce, 1982; McGrath & Tantam, 1987): for example, Pryce draws attention to the accumulation of long-stay psychiatric day patients in a day hospital in South Glamorgan, where 67% of patients have been attending for between two and 17 years.

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Herz, M. I., Endicott, J., Spitzer, R. L. & Mesnikoff, A. (1971) Day patient versus in-patient hospitalisation: a controlled study. American Journal of Psychiatry, 127, 13711381.
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Pryce, I. G. (1982) An expanding ‘stage army’ of long-stay psychiatric day patients. British Journal of Psychiatry, 142, 595601.
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Three psychiatric day centres in a London borough

  • Martin W. Orrell (a1) and Sonia Johnson (a2)
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