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J Am Geriatr Soc. 1980 Dec;28(12):539-43.

Hospital treatment of elderly neuropsychiatric patients. II. Statistical profile of the first 122 patients in a new teaching ward.


Data are presented on the first 122 patients admitted to a geropsychiatric teaching ward in a university hospital. A high incidence of medical problems are reflected by abnormal laboratory findings complicated the management of these patients, most of whom had dementia or depression. In all diagnostic categories, the patients appeared to benefit from the intensive inpatient treatment. Difficulties in the areas of diagnosis, treatment, length of hospital stay, discharge placement and program evaluation are discussed.

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