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March 1963

A Coordinated Consultant Team for Remote State Hospitals

Author Affiliations

From the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and the East Moline State Hospital.
Virginia Frank Child Development Center of the Jewish Family and Community Service (E. Jacob).
Neurology Service, V.A. Research Hospital; Department of Neurology and Psychiatry, Northwestern University Medical School (Dr. H. Koenig).
Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati (Dr. Stewart).
Department of Psychiatry, University of Chicago (Dr. Stock).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1963;8(3):283-288. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1963.01720090071008

The present project is an attempt to develop a practical, effective method for improving the existing resources of manpower in remote state hospitals by establishing a close liaison between a professionally isolated state hospital and a private metropolitan psychiatric center. A group of colleagues from the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis banded together to form a coordinated team of consultants to the East Moline State Hospital, which is located 175 miles from

Chicago, has approximately 1,800 patients, but with the exception of the Superintendent, no psychiatrists.

We reasoned that a more effective program of teaching, research, and clinical service could be provided if a group of colleagues who were accustomed to working together would form a coordinated team of consultants, rotating their visits so that the hospital would have at least one consultant regularly for a full day each week. Since the

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