Community Psychiatry

D. P. Forster
April 1988
British Journal of Psychiatry;Apr88, Vol. 152, p582
Academic Journal
The article discusses the historical antecedents of community psychiatry and the establishment of the need for community psychiatric care. It suggests that the interaction of the clinical and organizational roles in community psychiatry is probably more important for good patient care than in any other clinical specialty. The classical approach to planning a service for a community, the drive towards non-hospital residential care, and the necessity for evaluation in the form of effectiveness and efficiency studies are also discussed.


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