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The Chronic Care System
PHILLIP SIROTKIN
Am J Psychiatry 1968;125:656-660.
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Associate director for program coordination, National Institute of Mental Health, 5454 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, Md. 20203

1968-69, American Psychiatric Association

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In the U.S.S.R., care of chronic mental patients is divided between mental hospitals, under the health authorities, and homes for invalids, under local ministries of social welfare. While there seemed to be some ambivalence in time Soviet attitude toward chronicity, the U.S. team felt that the system provides humane, dignified treatment which maximizes the patient's productivity and contribution to society.

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