Volker Bell

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Patients who commit suicide in a psychiatric hospital are, in general, patients who have had previous admission or who have already made at least one suicide attempt. The following study focuses upon an earlier time within the course of a psychiatric illness, that is the time of first admission, and examines the rate of suicide of 258 patients after 5(More)
The value of the reintegration and rehabilitation of inpatients vocationally was studied. Certain of the vocational experiences (unemployment and stressful working conditions) of former psychiatric inpatients were examined, with attention being paid to their stabilizing or destabilizing effect on symptomatic behaviour. A cohort of 230 first-time admissions(More)
In a prospectively designed follow-up study of 258 first admitted psychiatric patients, 1 year after discharge 224 patients and 175 significant others were asked about the social adjustment of these patients and some predictors for this aspect of outcome could be identified. The sample consisted of five different diagnostic groups: organically caused(More)
In this study the course of Readmission after one, 2.5 and 5 years was examinated at a sample of 258 first admitted psychiatric patients of different diagnostic groups. In the analysis occupational, sozio-demographic and clinical parameters of these patients were related to the readmission after 5 years and studied if these parameters allow a predictive(More)
In dealing with the issue of readmission of psychiatric patients into in-patient care, the focus had in the past primarily been on clinical variables such as diagnosis, or severity of the clinical picture. The present study, however, had centered on occupational variables, such as vocational training, occupational status, periods of gainful employment, and(More)
In this study the course of rehospitalisation after one, 2 1/2 and 5 years was examined in a sample of 113 readmitted patients of different diagnostic groups. In a second step of analysis occupational, sociodemographic and clinical parameters of these patients were related to the readmission after 5 years and studied if these parameters allow a predictive(More)
In the framework of a prospective follow-up study, development and outcome of the occupational and social status in 258 first-admission psychiatric patients was investigated. Interviews were made at the time of discharge, 1 year and 5 years later. For that reason prospective data exist on the prehospital and hospital time as well as on short-term and(More)
228 patients who had been admitted for the first time to a psychiatric hospital were questioned one year after their discharge in respect of the use they made of the medical and non-medical facilities or institutions. The article describes the actual state of affairs in the after-care behaviour of the psychiatric patients, and goes into details with regard(More)
The results of interviews with relatives of 179 patients committed to psychiatric treatment are reported. The relatives were interviewed in 1980, one year after discharge of the patient--who had been hospitalized for psychiatric problems for the first time--usually in the family setting. Our main interest was to investigate the concern of the relatives(More)