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Am J Psychiatry. 1986 Dec;143(12):1551-6.

A controlled study of transitional day care for non-chronically-ill patients.


The authors randomly assigned 79 inpatients with nonchronic schizophrenia or affective disorder to either an intensive experimental day program called "transitional treatment" or a control treatment--weekly clinically believed to require intensive posthospital treatment to make the transition to the community. Although initially there was a significantly higher dropout rate from the control condition, at the point of discharge from the two programs as well as at 6- and 12-month follow-up there was no difference in outcome. Direct costs for the transitional treatment, however, were much higher.

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