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Tijdschr Psychiatr. 2009;51(6):395-9.

[Alarming reduction in the psychiatric treatment capacity of general hospitals in the Netherlands between 1998 and 2006].

[Article in Dutch]

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a.leentjens@np.unimaas.nl

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Psychiatric wards in both general and academic hospitals are ideally suited to provide integrated care to patients with psychiatric and somatic comorbidity.

AIM:

To draw up an inventory of the capacity of general hospitals in the Netherlands to treat psychiatric patients and to record changes in this capacity during the period 1998-2006.

METHOD:

Questionnaire.

RESULTS:

The number of psychiatric wards in general and academic hospitals decreased from 87 in 1998 to 38 in 2006. This decrease was not compensated by an increase in day-treatment facilities, or by the establishment of combined psychiatric-medical units.

CONCLUSION:

The reduction in the psychiatric treatment capacity of general hospitals is at odds with epidemiological developments and the expected imminent increase in the need for integrated diagnoses and care for patients with both psychiatric and somatic comorbidity.

PMID:
19517369
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