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.
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