Leaving hospital: one- and two-year outcomes of long-stay psychiatric patients discharged to the community

Donnelly, M. and McGilloway, S. and Mays, N. and Knapp, M.R.J. and Kavanagh, S.M. and Beecham, J.K. and Fenyo, A.J. and Astin, J. (1996) Leaving hospital: one- and two-year outcomes of long-stay psychiatric patients discharged to the community. Journal of Mental Health, 5 (3). pp. 245-255. ISSN 0963-8237 (Print) 1360-0567 (Online). (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

This study assesses the effects of relocation from hospital on the level of functioning, morale and satisfaction of 188 long-stay patients discharged from the six major psychiatric hospitals in Northern Ireland during 1990-1992. There was little change in clients’ skills (e.g. domestic and social skills) one and two years after discharge. The behaviour of former patients was not adversely affected by life in the community. They were less depressed than in hospital and were also more satisfied with their living environments. Overall, the findings, which are broadly in line with those reported elsewhere, indicate that the policy of relocating people outside hospital has been a limited success.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Depositing User: Rosalyn Bass
Date Deposited: 20 May 2011 14:34
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2012 08:59
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/26813 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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