Peter P Kost

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Brain-injured individuals often experience problems with aggression which can prevent full community reintegration. Two cases involving individuals (one 4 years, one 17 years post-injury) who had been placed in a state psychiatric hospital due to aggressive and/or self-injurious behaviours are discussed. Utilizing medication dosages and behavioural acuity(More)
Serial evaluation of intelligence tests performed with long-term patients in psychiatric hospitals frequently reveal deterioration in cognitive functioning. Despite early success in the amelioration of cognitive symptoms of schizophrenia, little effort at cognitive remediation is currently directed to long-term psychiatric patients. In contrast, in the(More)
Economic and political pressures have led state governments to shrink and close long-term psychiatric inpatient units in favor of community-based treatment. These pressures present inpatient clinicians with an opportunity to examine their clinical practices and question whether the focus of treatment addresses the behaviors most relevant to helping patients(More)
Aggressive behavior has been identified as a significant concern and occupational hazard in psychiatric inpatient settings. Several factors, including lax or unclear ward structure, have been identified as contributing to the exhibition of aggressive behavior. Token economies are effective in increasing ward structure and reducing aggressive behavior. This(More)
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