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Patient as volunteer: an assault on chronicity.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  437715     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
By integrating selected former patients into its regular volunteer program, a South Australian state hospital reduced the hospital stays and the readmissions of a large number of the participants who had previously been seen as failures of the community mental health movement. The author describes the program, its benefits, and some limitations and problems, such as an occasional extra burden on ward personnel. The former patients' new roles as volunteers enabled them to get the support they needed from the hospital but through means more acceptable to them. The program also improved their self-esteem and enabled them to engage in more normalizing social relationships.
M G Schmidt
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Hospital & community psychiatry     Volume:  30     ISSN:  0022-1597     ISO Abbreviation:  Hosp Community Psychiatry     Publication Date:  1979 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1979-07-16     Completed Date:  1979-07-16     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0040250     Medline TA:  Hosp Community Psychiatry     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  404-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Depression / rehabilitation
Evaluation Studies as Topic
Hospital Volunteers / utilization*
Hospitals, Public / organization & administration*
Hospitals, State / organization & administration*
Length of Stay
Middle Aged
Outcome and Process Assessment (Health Care)
Paranoid Disorders / rehabilitation
Patient Readmission
Professional-Patient Relations
Reinforcement, Social
Schizophrenia / rehabilitation

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