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December 1971

Is a Separate Adolescent Ward Worthwhile?

Author Affiliations

Washington, DC
From the Adolescent Medicine Program, Children's Hospital of the District of Columbia, and the Department of Child Health and Development, George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC. Dr. Fisher is now with the Potomac Foundation for Mental Health, Bethesda, Md.

Am J Dis Child. 1971;122(6):489-493. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1971.02110060059009

In an attempt to ascertain whether a separate ward for adolescents in a hospital is worthwhile, detailed questionnaires were sent to the medical and nursing staff of hospitals with adolescent programs previously surveyed by the authors. Some of these hospitals had separate adolescent wards and some did not. Sixteen of them were then visited personally by us. We examined the facilities and interviewed both staff and patients. For comparative purposes adolescents in four hospitals without adolescent programs were also interviewed. The consensus of the medical and nursing staff, and the patients, was that a separate adolescent ward is worthwhile.