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Psychiatric patients enjoy better life in community

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 06 May 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1228
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    The move to care in the community for patients in long stay psychiatric hospitals has been a qualified success, according to the results of a five year follow up study. Psychiatric symptoms and social behavioural problems remained the same, and there was little difference in costs, but the quality of life for patients improved and they acquired community and other skills.

    The patients felt freer, with fewer rules and regulations governing their lives—an average of 10 rules in the community compared with 26 in hospital wards.

    The study, by the Team for the Assessment of Psychiatric Services, also …

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