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Community Ment Health J. 1980 Fall;16(3):235-40.

The effect of visiting on psychiatric patients in a general hospital.


A study of the visiting patterns of a general hospital psychiatric unit was undertaken to determine what difference could be detected between visited and unvisited patients. The physical rehabilitation floor at the same hospital was used as a "control." The results indicate that no significant differences could be found between the two groups of psychiatric patients but that a surprisingly large number, 40%, were not visited at all. A comparison of the visiting rates to both services favors rehabilitation 2:1 with visitors coming from a much greater distance than to psychiatry. A discussion of the data raises questions about the social isolation of psychiatric patients. The dynamics of visiting are assessed in light of their tratment implications for patients in both the hospital and the community.

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