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December 1950

Vocational Rehabilitation of Psychiatric Patients

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1950;64(6):908-909. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1950.02310300155026

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The authors, Thomas A. C. Rennie, Temple Burling and Luther E. Woodward, have contributed a lucid and revealing study of 215 psychotic patients after hospitalization: In this careful study, they have analyzed the needs and services of a vocational rehabilitation program for patients. The report follows the patient through an integrated and embracing program of vocational and personal counseling, training, job finding and placement, and physical restoration.

The responsibilities and problems of hospital and of rehabilitation bureaus in giving adequate vocational services to patients are discussed. The methods of cooperation between the two agencies and the difficulties encountered are described, and evidences of the success of rehabilitation efforts are presented.

This well formulated program evidences thoughtful insight into the needs and goals of patients who are recognized as productive and useful citizens of the community.

The authors are able to show that, by positive and constructive utilization of vocational rehabilitation,

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