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Patients' perspectives on community alternatives to hospitalization: a follow-up study
Am J Psychiatry 1983;140:1460-1464.
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Few studies of deinstitutionalized patients in the community have focused on the quality of the patients' lives. The authors interviewed 31 patients discharged from a state hospital to community residences and 10 patients who remained in the hospital. Patients were evaluated at three time intervals on eight outcome indexes. Eight months after the patients left the hospital they reported significant positive changes in the quality of their lives. None of the patients were rehospitalized during the study period.

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