August 1962

Home Visiting by Psychiatrists

Author Affiliations

Present position: Special Assistant for Program, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, Md.
Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, and the Community Extension Service of the Massachusetts Mental Health Center (Boston Psychopathic Hospital), Boston.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1962;7(2):98-107. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1962.01720020022004

The Community Extension Service is a National Institute of Mental Health Demonstration Project located in Boston, exploring alternatives to and prevention of psychiatric hospitalization. Our results have been presented elsewhere and will be summarized in a forthcoming monograph.1,7 Briefly, we have been able to prevent or find an alternative to psychiatric hospitalization for approximately half of the patients who were on an inpatient admission waiting list.4 One of the modalities of which extensive use has been made is home visiting. Sixty of our 128 patients seen in 1958 and 1959 had home visits as part of their diagnosis and treatment.5 Because of our concern in this area, the attitudes and experiences with home visiting of other professional personnel were of interest. The present report is an analysis of this interest—home visiting—as obtained in interviews with 34 referring psychiatrists whose patients were treated by

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