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January 1962

Interpersonal Aspects of Psychiatric Hospitalization: III. The Follow-Up Survey

Author Affiliations

Staff Psychiatrist, Veterans Administration Hospital, West Haven, Conn. Assistant Clinical Professor, Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine; currently Associate Director of Medical Education, The Institute of Living, Hartford, Conn. (Dr. Wood); Assistant Chief, Psychology Service, Veterans Administration Hospital; Assistant Clinical Professor Psychology (Psychiatry), Yale University School of Medicine (Dr. Rakusin); Chief, Social Work Service; Veterans Administration Hospital; Clinical Assistant in Psychiatry (Social Work), Yale University School of Medicine (Mr. Morse); Research Social Worker, Veterans Administration Hospital (Miss Singer).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1962;6(1):46-55. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1962.01710190048006

The current interest in various psychiatric hospital treatments is widespread and vigorous among professional groups and the lay public at large. Day and night hospitals, short-term hospitalizations, the hospital's open door, new approaches to psychotherapy, and, of course tranquilizing agents have established for themselves a share of the psychiatric publicity. State and federal public health agencies and hospital study groups have focused on the immense problem of psychiatric hospitalization largely in terms of studying statistics of admissions, hospital stay, and discharge. A substantial body of literature has begun to develop in this connection. However, it is difficult to compare one study with another because of the differences in the purposes and methods of the studies.1-5 One of the important questions that continues to assert itself at various points in most of these studies is some aspect of how to understand and evaluate the relative

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