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March 31, 1956

AGED IN CONNECTICUT STATE MENTAL HOSPITALSSTUDY OF PERSONS OVER SIXTY YEARS OF AGE AT THREE CONNECTICUT STATE MENTAL HOSPITALS

JAMA. 1956;160(13):1121-1125. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960480021006
Abstract

• Crowding in mental hospitals has at times been ascribed to a supposedly large number of senile patients who do not really need the safeguards and facilities of psychiatric care and could be transferred to other institutions for the aged or the chronically ill. This survey concerns patients over 60 in three state mental hospitals.

A representative sample from each hospital was studied in sufficient detail to determine whether each patient satisfied certain criteria, so as to eliminate the suicidal, the negativistic, the destructive, the assaultive, the disoriented, and so on. Of the 10,289 patients carried on the census of these hospitals, there were 4,178 over the age of 60. Of these, only 231 in this study could be considered able to be transferred.

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