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December 23, 1939

RESULTS OF TREATMENT IN A PSYCHIATRIC OUTPATIENT DEPARTMENT: A FOLLOW-UP STUDY OF 166 CASES

JAMA. 1939;113(26):2292-2298. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800510014004
Abstract

In this paper we present the observations made in a follow-up study of 166 patients who had been treated in the psychiatric outpatient department of the University of Chicago Clinics between July 1, 1935, and March 30, 1937. We have attempted, by means of a review of the records and follow-up interviews, to evaluate the results of treatment, to compare the original diagnoses with the diagnoses made at the time of the follow-up interviews and to relate the present study with a previous study on inpatients.1

METHODS AND MATERIALS  The criteria for inclusion of a patient in this study were that he had been seen originally by one of us at least one year previously to the time of follow-up and that a thorough physical and psychiatric work-up had been recorded when the patient was first seen.Of the 206 cases reviewed, forty were discarded for the following reasons:

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