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November 1963

Trial Visit Adjustment IndexWith Psychiatric Patients

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1963;9(5):471-476. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1963.01720170045007

It is generally agreed that outcome of trial visit (TV) placement is a crucial test of a psychiatric patient's ability to make a social adjustment outside of the structured environment, as provided by a neuropsychiatric hospital. It has been shown that, in judging success of psychiatric treatment, one is more likely to obtain successful predictions from estimates of patient's assets rather than from concern of pathological indices.1 In a recent study, it was demonstrated that estimates of pathology or measures of social skills as assessed by psychometric techniques may not be as effective means as demographic measures in predicting significant criteria of adjustment outcome.2 More accurate prediction of TV success, as an intermediate step to discharge and termination of successful treatment is desirable, not only in terms of patient's expectations, but also as a method of decreasing administrative procedures and

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