This article reports a naturalistic study following the closure of Friern Hospital and the movement of elderly long-stay patients, who in the main suffered from severe dementia, to psychiatric nursing homes and hospital beds.
It describes changes in the environments and in the patients'cognition, behaviour and use of medical services.
The results suggest that psychiatric nursing homes seem able to care for the majority if patients with severe dementia.
Future studies should consider whether long-stay hospital beds may, however, be necessary for those with both psychiatric and physical health needs, where increased contact with health service personnel is essential.
Prospective examination of the reasons for breakdown of placements in nursing homes and the differences between those placed in various settings may help future planning of services.
Relatives'opinions of the long-stay settings also require study.
Mots-clés Pascal : Orientation, Transfert, Service santé, Etablissement troisième âge, Hôpital, Organisation santé, Trouble psychiatrique, Démence sénile, Royaume Uni, Europe, Vieillard, Homme, Système nerveux pathologie, Système nerveux central pathologie, Encéphale pathologie, Maladie dégénérative
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Orientation, Transfer, Health service, Homes for the aged, Hospital, Public health organization, Mental disorder, Senile dementia, United Kingdom, Europe, Elderly, Human, Nervous system diseases, Central nervous system disease, Cerebral disorder, Degenerative disease
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Cote : 97-0146282
Code Inist : 002B18H05B. Création : 21/05/1997.