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The Montgomery-Asberg Depression Scale was evaluated in 44 depressed inpatients. All items of the scale occurred frequently in the sample; the scale exhibited construct validity (internal homogeneity) and concurrent validity relative to the Hamilton Depression Scale and the concepts of endogenous and nonendogenous depression. Sleep disturbance, reduced(More)
Bupropion and amitriptyline were compared in a double-blind study of depressed inpatients. Treatment ranged from 2 to 4 weeks: early responders (Hamilton Depression Scale scores less than 10) were often removed from treatment after 2 or 3 weeks. Twenty-two patients completed treatment with bupropion and 18 with amitriptyline. Doses ranged from 450 to 750(More)
Current national standards and/or guidelines for correctional mental health care programs emphasize the importance of various levels of mental health screening and evaluation that should be performed by qualified personnel on all inmates as part of the admission process to a prison. The authors describe the results of a study that included data from all 50(More)
Despite the growing emphasis on treatment in the least restrictive environment, states rarely use commitment to outpatient treatment as an alternative to involuntary hospitalization. The authors studied the effects of changes in North Carolina commitment laws that were made in 1979 and designed to facilitate the appropriate use of outpatient commitment. The(More)
Several psychiatric facilities have opened their records partially or completely to patients. The authors report the results of a two-part study in which 20 patients on a minimum-security unit of a forensic center were allowed to read their records and later to write in them. Staff and patient attitudes toward granting patients access to their records were(More)
  • R D Miller
  • 1998
Medical advance directives for end-of-life decisions at times that patients cannot express their preferences have become a major trend in recent state and federal legislation. The author argues that an extension of directives to cover future psychiatric treatment are fraught with both practical and ethical dilemmas. Although the potential for increasing(More)