Mortality in the long-stay population of Dutch mental hospitals.


The cohort study by Giel et al. of mortality in Dutch mental hospitals is repeated. In the total cohort of 12,139 long-stay patients counted on prevalence day (31 December 1979) 1226 deaths occurred over a period of 2 years. Similar to the study of Giel et al. the overall death rate of long-stay patients in the 1979 cohort was approximately twice the… (More)


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