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Old age psychiatry in the modern age

  • James P. Warner (a1)
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Old age psychiatry services globally are under threat. The discipline enjoyed its heyday in the two decades bridging the millennium. More recently there has been a move to integrate old age services with those of working age adults, to create ‘ageless' services. Evidence is beginning to accumulate that this is a bad idea.

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  • EISSN: 1472-1465
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Old age psychiatry in the modern age

  • James P. Warner (a1)
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Editorial leans heavily on outdated study

Alastair J Macdonald, Clinical Advisor, Trust Outcomes Team, South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
02 December 2015

This editorial claims that a study in the same journal (Abdul-Hamid et al) is important in the debate about "ageless" services. It may have been important when it was carried out more than 15 years ago, but it has no relevance to the debate now.

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