Before commencing work on the Daily Living Programme at the Maudsley Hospital, in London, to compare the benefits of community care with standard hospital admission for patients with serious mental illness, a visit to Madison was arranged, where some ten years ago a similar study had been carried out (Stein & Test, 1980). We had the impression from the substantial literature which has appeared on the mental health service in Madison (Stein & Test, 1985) that they have implemented in practice their positive research findings on community care. It was felt that their lengthy experience with such a service could be beneficial to the UK, where such services are now being developed. This visit included PACT (Program for Assertive Community Treatment); a research programme investigating the long-term prognosis of mainly schizophrenic patients, and the various units of the mental health services in Madison.
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