The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same?

"Two profit-making industries, nursing homes and board-and-care homes, care for about one million chronic mental patients. This care is primarily custodial and probably not very different from the care patients received in the public sector prior to deinstitutionalization. Moreover, certain characteristics of privately owned facilities encourage poor patient care so as to maximize profit. The problem could be ameliorated if chronic mental patients were strong and informed consumers or if the public sector strongly regulated proprietary care. However, neither of these two conditions now hold. Perhaps the apparent difficulties in significantly improving care for chronically mentally ill individuals despite seemingly major changes in policy reflect a fundamental problem in overall social policy--a reluctance to care for chronically indigent individuals of all kinds" - Shadish, WR, Jr.

From Private-sector care for chronically mentally ill individuals. The more things change, the more they stay the same.Am Psychol. 1989 Aug;44(8):1142-7. Review. PMID: 2672920 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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