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  1. Does hospital admission affect dependency levels of elderly psychiatric patients ?

    Article - En anglais

    Objective

    To study effect of hospital admission on dependency levels of psychogeriatric patients.

    Design

    A cohort was formed comprising consecutive admissions.

    This was subdivided into organic and functional cases and the dependency levels of the two groups compared on admission and discharge.

    Setting

    An acute psychogeriatic ward at a psychiatric hospital near London.

    Patients

    One hundred consecutive acute elderly psychiatric inpatients.

    Measures

    The Stockton Geriatric Rating Scale was used to assess dependency levels, the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression and the Mini-Mental State Examination for cognitive impairment.

    Results

    Patients with functional illness showed a significant reduction in dependency levels compared to organic cases during admission.

    Conclusion

    Admission to hospital has a significant effect in reducing dependency levels of elderly patients with functional illness.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Admission hôpital, Trouble psychiatrique, Dépendance, Etude comparative, Trouble mental organique, Diagnostic, Vieillard, Homme

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Hospital admission, Mental disorder, Dependence, Comparative study, Organic mental disorder, Diagnosis, Elderly, Human

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 97-0407349

    Code Inist : 002B18E. Création : 19/12/1997.