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Prevalence of mental illness in a community nursing home
Am J Psychiatry 1986;143:1446-1449.
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A research psychiatrist using a standardized interview found that 94% of a random sample of residents at a large, intermediate-care nursing home had mental disorders according to DSM-III criteria. Primary degenerative dementia and multi-infarct dementia were the most common diagnoses. In addition, the majority of demented patients also had noncognitive symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations, and these residents were significantly more likely to have an associated behavioral disorder than were residents without delusions or hallucinations. Replications of these results would point out the need for major revisions in the funding and delivery of psychiatric care for nursing home residents.

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