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The new chronic psychiatric population
  1. Anthea M. Hailey
  1. MRC Social Psychiatry Unit, Institute of Psychiatry, De Crespigny Park, London SE5


    Data from the Camberwell Register are used to examine the accumulation of a new chronic population in three forms of psychiatric care—inpatient, day patient, and hostel care. For the period 1964-72, against the background of expanding psychiatric services, the number and characteristics of new long-stay patients in each form of care are analysed. The net accumulation of new long-stay inpatients stabilized after a few years; the population of long-stay day patients and residents in psychiatric hostels was still increasing. The epidemiological basis of the study allows the numbers to be expressed as rates per head of population.

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