Does Community Care Reduce the Need for Psychiatric Beds for Schizophrenic Patients?
Dencker S J~~Dencker K
This article answers “Yes” to the title question but stresses that patients must receive concurrent community care services on a sufficient quality level. Schizophrenia in all phases must be treated as a disease & not a social problem. For schizophrenia the critical low number of institution beds, hospital & nursing homes, seems to be 0.07% of the general population. The results of community care vs hospital care, side effects of community care, & laypeople’s attitudes are discussed. (36 Refs.)