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April 1983

Attitudinal Changes of Involuntarily Committed Patients Following Treatment

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry, Long Island Jewish—Hillside Medical Center, Glen Oaks, NY (Drs Kane, Wegner, and Borenstein); the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York (Dr Quitkin); and Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York (Drs Rifkin and Rosenberg).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1983;40(4):374-377. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1983.01790040028004

• Thirty-five involuntarily hospitalized psychiatric patients were interviewed immediately following admission and again prior to discharge to assess attitudinal changes and their relationship to patient characteristics and treatment outcome. The results indicate significant changes toward recognition of the original need for involuntary treatment. Those patients achieving remission of symptoms were most likely to have positive attitudes. Follow-up data indicate that the majority continued to receive outpatient treatment after the index episode, and among those readmissions that occurred, 92% were voluntary.

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