Geriatric patients and services in state hospitals: data from a national survey
Notwithstanding the large-scale deinstitutionalization of the elderly, psychogeriatric patients continue to make up a significant portion of patients in U.S. state hospitals. This paper reports pilot data from a national survey assessing the current status of geriatric populations in state hospitals. Elderly patients still account for one-fifth of state hospital patients, and two-thirds of state hospitals still have separate geriatric units. The data suggest that, while deinstitutionalization of the elderly may be continuing in many state hospitals, in more than one-third of state hospitals the geriatric census is on the rise. Tentative hypotheses suggesting further research are discussed.
Gary S. Moak and William H. Fisher. "Geriatric patients and services in state hospitals: data from a national survey" Hospital and community psychiatry 42.3 (1991).
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