After the Asylums: Community Care for the Mentally Ill

After the Asylums: Community Care for the Mentally Ill

by ElaineMurphy (Author)


Though often well intended, the transfer of the mentally ill from psychiatric hospitals to the community has provoked a tragedy. As a result of government policy, some 100,000 people have left psychiatric hospitals in the last 30 years, but community places have only been provided for 15,000. For most of the remaining "care in the community" has meant no care at all. Professor Elaine Murphy, a leading figure in the planning of mental health care in Britain, argues that appalling mismanagement and penny-pinching has resulted in the failure of the community care policy. This book outlines the mistakes of the last 30 years and sets an agenda for correct planning and provision in the future. Professor Murphy argues that there will always be a need for some residential hospital places for chronic patients but that care in the community can succeed for the majority of the mentally ill, provided certain principles and guidelines are followed. By the author of "Dementia and Mental Illness in the Elderly".


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Published: 21 Oct 1991

ISBN 10: 0571163572
ISBN 13: 9780571163571