October 1963

Psychiatric Home Visits

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry, University of California School of Medicine, and the Acute Treatment Service of The Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1963;9(4):379-383. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1963.01720160069008

Recently in America there has been increased interest in home visiting and home treatment by physicians.1,2 So far this has had its greatest application in geriatrics,3-5 but there is increasing interest in its application to other fields as well. Because the place of the home visit in psychiatry is still poorly defined, this paper presents a review of the literature and a study of the home visit as used in current psychiatric practice in the San Francisco area.

The first reported program of home evaluation and care of psychiatric patients goes back over 30 years to Querido's Amsterdam Plan.6-8 Querido's premise was that rehabilitation of the mentally ill person was a social process and should, if possible, be accomplished within the community itself. After developing facilities for immediate and prolonged care of the acutely disturbed patient in his home, Querido's

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