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Objective The study investigated whether long-stay patients would benefit from discharge into the community in Berlin, Germany. Method In a prospective controlled study, all long-term hospitalised psychiatric patients from a defined catchment area were assessed using established standardised instruments. Quality of life, treatment satisfaction, needs and(More)
OBJECTIVE In part IV of the Berlin Deinstitutionalisation Study, we reported a positive change in quality of life for 65 resettled patients one year after discharge. In this part, we investigated changes in a longer follow-up period. METHODS A group of 66 patients discharged into supported housing was assessed one and five years after baseline. Quality of(More)
The Berlin Deinstitutionalization Study investigates effects of the planned reduction of psychiatric hospital beds in Berlin prospectively. In the beginning cross-sectional survey all adult psychiatric patients from two and a half districts, who had been hospitalized for more than 6 months, were examined. The total sample was 422 patients. Treatment(More)
As part of the Berlin Deinstitutionalisation Study, quality of life was assessed in 142 patients at two points of time. Discharged patients were reassessed one year after discharge. Patients who stayed in hospital were reinterviewed 1 1/2-2 years after the initial assessment. Discharged patients had more leisure activities, more often a "good friend", and(More)
For the use of subjective quality of life as an evaluation criterion, it should be known if measures are reliable, to what extent they are influenced by other variables and whether differences and similarities can be detected across treatment situations. Quality of life profiles (Berliner Lebensqualitatsprofil/Lancashire Quality of Life Profile) of 440(More)
In the Berlin deinstitutionalisation study, quality of life in 134 long-term hospitalised psychiatric patients was examined twice: Discharged patients were interviewed again one year after their return to the community, whereas patients who continued to be hospitalised were reinterviewed after 1(1/2)-2 years after the first interview. Quality of life was(More)
In a two-year follow-up we report on discharges in a cohort of 422 middle-term and long-term inpatients and prognoses of their psychiatrists and psychologists concerning time of discharge and location, after 50% long-term patients with a present stay of more than two years and 82% of middle-term patients (stay: 6-24 months) had been discharged. More than(More)
The concurrent validity between the Berliner Lebensqualitätsprofil (BELP) and a new developed short form (BELP-KF) was tested in a sample of schizophrenia outpatients (N = 36) and turned out to be very high. The restriction to subjective quality of life questions did not lead to a greater halo-effect in the sense of an increasing similarity of single item(More)
PURPOSE 42 percent long-term patients from the Berlin Deinstitutionalization Study sample have been discharged to full-time institutional settings. METHODS The questionnaires of a mail-survey covered features of 58 different non-hospital full-time institutional settings and care for a group of 125 long-term mental patients. RESULTS The return rate was(More)
OBJECTIVE Objective living situation, subjective quality of life, need for care, and assessment of treatment of long-term hospitalised patients were investigated. METHODS 237 patients from 6 hospitals were examined using standardised instruments. RESULTS Patients' satisfaction was generally relatively high, but varied greatly in subgroups and(More)