Although the downsizing and closing of state mental hospitals is occurring with increasing frequency nationwide, there appears to be only one case study of the clinical impacts of downsizing state hospitals. In this study, Snyder7 reported a four-fold increase in frequency of assaults on staff as the hospital census decreased. The present paper is a second case study of state hospital downsizing and closing in which the frequency of assaults on staff decreased by 63%. Possible explanations for the two differing outcomes are considered, and some general guidelines for the downsizing and closing of state hospitals are proposed.
Psychiatric Quarterly – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 14, 2004
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