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J Nerv Ment Dis. 1976 Oct;163(4):253-62.

A comparative evaluation of two day hospitals. Goal attainment scaling of behavior therapy vs. milieu therapy.


Previous attempts at program evaluation of partial hospitalization programs have consisted largely of descriptive and anecdotal reports of programs and patient characteristics. There have been no comparative or experimental studies of the effectiveness of differing day treatment programs. In the current study, Goal Attainment Scaling, a goal-oriented program evaluation system, was used with 56 randomly selected partial hospitalization patients who attended two day hospitals: one program was based on behavioral-educational methods, and the other was an eclectic program based on the concepts of a therapeutic community. Patients attending the behavioral-educational program showed greater attainment of their therapeutic goals than did the patients involved in the eclectic program. The greater effectiveness of the behavioral-educational day program increased from the 3-month follow-up to the 2-year follow-up.

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