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Closure of an asylum: the Friern study of older people.

Shergill, S; Stone, B; Livingston, G; (1997) Closure of an asylum: the Friern study of older people. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry , 12 (1) pp. 119-123.

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Abstract

This article reports a naturalistic study following the closure of Friern Hospital and the movement of elderly long-stay patients, who in the main suffered from severe dementia, to psychiatric nursing homes and hospital beds. It describes changes in the environments and in the patients' cognition, behaviour and use of medical services. The results suggest that psychiatric nursing homes seem able to care for the majority if patients with severe dementia. Future studies should consider whether long-stay hospital beds may, however, be necessary for those with both psychiatric and physical health needs, where increased contact with health service personnel is essential. Prospective examination of the reasons for breakdown of placements in nursing homes and the differences between those placed in various settings may help future planning of services. Relatives' opinions of the long-stay settings also require study.

Type: Article
Title: Closure of an asylum: the Friern study of older people.
Location: England
Keywords: Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Female, Follow-Up Studies, Geriatric Assessment, Health Facility Closure, Health Facility Environment, Health Services Needs and Demand, Hospitals, Psychiatric, Humans, Interview, Psychological, Male, Mental Disorders, Mental Health, Middle Aged, Nursing Homes, Patient Acceptance of Health Care, Patient Transfer
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10033269
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