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Mental health needs of the chronically mentally ill elderly.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2378681     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The treatment histories and current social, financial, and clinical status of 111 chronically mentally ill (CMI) persons over the age of 60 were examined. Information was obtained from Ss, family, mental health records, and mental health professionals familiar with Ss. Psychiatric symptoms were observed in 74% of Ss. Many Ss experienced long periods without acute episodes of illness. Recurring episodes eventually appeared in most Ss, however, and ongoing deficits in daily functioning and social contacts were prototypical. Two thirds of the Ss were living in the community, relying heavily on family contacts; the rest lived primarily in nursing homes (23.4%) or psychiatric hospitals (7.2%). Social support was the best predictor of level of functioning. Findings suggest that failure of CMI elderly to use mental health services is not due to lack of need. Mental health services currently do not appear to be meeting the needs of this population.
S Meeks; L L Carstensen; P B Stafford; L L Brenner; F Weathers; R Welch; T F Oltmanns
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychology and aging     Volume:  5     ISSN:  0882-7974     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychol Aging     Publication Date:  1990 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-09-07     Completed Date:  1990-09-07     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8904079     Medline TA:  Psychol Aging     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  163-71     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Louisville.
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MeSH Terms
Activities of Daily Living
Aged, 80 and over
Chronic Disease
Community Health Services / utilization*
Data Collection
Health Services Needs and Demand / trends*
Health Services Research / trends*
Mental Disorders / epidemiology,  therapy*
Middle Aged
Social Support
Grant Support
R29-5592//PHS HHS

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