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The impact of recent rehospitalization on community adjustment.


In a study of 499 formerly hospitalized mentally ill residents of comunity-based sheltered-care facilities in California, results indicate that rehospitalization serves as a means of, ‘updating’ the chronic patient’s treatment. By returning to the hospital the patient is linked to the service system and its newest benefits accrue to him. In the absence of a care system which can more effectively link chronic patients to available services, rehospitalization may serve an unforseen positive function.

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