The 1975 White Paper Better Services for the Mentally Ill recognises different roles for day hospitals, day centres and the voluntary sector in the provision of psychiatric day care. Two broad client groups, needing short-term support or long-term care, are described. However, Vaughn (1983 and 1985) and Wilkinson (1984) have reviewed lack of co-ordinated planning in the provision of services and the placement of clients. Carter (1981) in a major survey of day care, showed that in many cases it was difficult to differentiate between day hospital and day centre services or client groups.
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