Dick P. Ravelli

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Violence in psychiatric hospitals threatens the safety and well-being of patients and staff members. The determinants and correlates of inpatient aggression are not well understood. The authors present an explanatory model of aggressive behavior that attempts to integrate patient, staff, and ward variables. In the proposed model, the patient's(More)
In the present 6-week double-blind, randomised, multicentre study, the atypical neuroleptic remoxipride was compared to haloperidol in acute schizophrenic patients (DSM-III). Seventy-one patients entered the study, 36 in the remoxipride group and 35 in the haloperidol group. There were ten early withdrawals, four in the remoxipride group and six patients in(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this policy paper is to put recent developments in Dutch mental health reform in an international perspective and draw conclusions for future directions in policy. CONTEXT OF THE CASE: The practice of Western psychiatry in the second half and particularly in the last decade of the 20th century has fundamentally changed. Dutch(More)
Some criminal suspects claim to have had an alcohol-induced blackout during crimes they have committed. Are alcoholic blackouts a frequently occurring phenomenon, or are they merely used as an excuse to minimize responsibility? Frequency and type of blackout were surveyed retrospectively in two healthy samples (n = 256 and n = 100). Also, a comparison of(More)
BACKGROUND Driving under influence of alcohol is very likely to lead to traffic accidents. Nowadays, fewer people are driving under influence of alcohol, probably because of law enforcement and information campaigns: however, the number of serious offenders (alcohol blood level > 1,3 per thousand upon arrest) and recidivists is on the increase. These(More)
In a six-week double-blind randomized trial, preceded by a one-week single-blind placebo treatment, the efficacy and the side-effects of fluoxetine (40-80 mg/d) (n = 30) and maprotiline (50-150 mg/d) (n = 35) were compared in hospitalized patients with DSM-III Major Depression without psychotic features. Efficacy was measured by means of the Hamilton(More)
A 66-year-old patient had suffered from late-onset schizophrenia from the age of 44. Her family history included reports of brain haemorrhages, possibly resulting from hereditary amyloidal angiopathy of the Dutch type (Katwijk disease). She was very afraid for having this disease. The progression of the psychiatric symptoms and the age at which they began,(More)
Seventy-one patients were entered into a multicentre, double-blind randomized study to compare the efficacy and safety of remoxipride with those of haloperidol in the acute treatment of schizophrenia or schizophreniform disorder. The patients, who were well-matched regarding demographic characteristics, were aged 18-64 years. Four patients in the(More)
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