There has been an accumulation of so-called'new long-stay' (NLS) patients in psychiatric hospitals.
To date, no Australian studies have characterised this patient group.
We aimed to study the demography, and clinical and social functioning of the NLS population at Royal Park Hospital (RPH) together with patients'attitudes to treatment and views on future placement.
All 30 NLS patients at RPH were identified.
Twenty-seven consenting patients were assessed using the following standardised instruments :
Manchester Scale for psychopathology,
Life Skills Profile (LSP),
Physical Health Index and Patient Attitude Questionnaire.
Information on past psychiatric history, past treatment and current treatment was collected.
Insight and compliance were assessed.
The majority of patients were single men with a diagnosis of schizophrenia.
Forty-one percent were detained in hospital involuntarily and 56% were considered dangerous to themselves or others.
The patients were characterised by high levels of positive and negative symptoms.
They were most impaired with respect to'social contact'relative to the other subscales of the LSP.
While 10 (48%) patients expressed a desire to leave hospital, only one patient considered that anyone would cohabit with them.
Over two-thirds considered they had been unwell and that medication had helped.
Staff rated one-third as having major problems with compliance. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Hôpital psychiatrique, Hospitalisation, Long terme, Trouble psychiatrique, Prévalence, Epidémiologie, Schizophrénie, Psychose, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Psychiatric hospital, Hospitalization, Long term, Mental disorder, Prevalence, Epidemiology, Schizophrenia, Psychosis, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0445911
Code Inist : 002B18C06A. Création : 03/02/1998.