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J Am Geriatr Soc. 1980 Oct;28(10):446-50.

Hospital treatment of elderly neuropsychiatric patients. I. Initial clinical and administrative experience with a new teaching ward.


Program planning and the initial experience of a new teaching ward for geriatric psychiatry are described. Elderly psychiatric patients, with diagnoses predominantly of depression and dementia, demonstrate more self-centeredness and less group awareness than do younger patients. Ward staff members often experience frustration, sadness and anger in response to working with them. Major problems unique to a geriatric psychiatry service include the paucity of adequate resources for post-discharge care and the necessity to obtain excellent medical-surgical consultation and support.

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