Geriatric patients and services in state hospitals: data from a national survey

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Department of Psychiatry



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Aged; Alzheimer Disease; Cross-Sectional Studies; Dementia; Health Services for the Aged; Hospitals, Psychiatric; Hospitals, State; Humans; Incidence; Patient Admission; Pilot Projects; United States


Health Services Research | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology


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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Citation: Hosp Community Psychiatry. 1991 Mar;42(3):273-6.

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