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|Title: ||The 1963 Irish psychiatric hospital census|
|Affiliation: ||Medico-Social Research Board|
|Publisher: ||Medico-Social Research Board|
|Issue Date: ||1963 |
|Description: ||The Department of Health carried out a complete census of the resident
patient population of local authority and private psychiatric hospitals
in Ireland on 31St March, [963. An earlier census, examining the
diagnostic characteristics of hospitalised patients had been undertaken in [958.
The results of the 1963 census provide, for the first time, an opportunity of
examining some social, medical and demographic characteristics of patients
hospitalised in Irish psychiatric hospitals.
This paper analyses information from the [963 census. Happily, a similar
census was carried out on residents in in-patient psychiatric facilities in England
and Wales on 31st December, 1963 (Brooke, 1967), and comparisons have been
made between the data from the two countries.
In Ireland, data were gathered in individual hospitals by the staffs of these
hospitals. Social and demographic data were recorded by nursing and clerical
staffs and diagnostic information was supplied by the medical staffs. Since no
instructions were issued to these staffs in an attempt to standardise the method
of data recording, it is possible that diagnostic and other indices were applied
differently in individual hospitals and by individual recorders in the same
hospital. It is important to bear this fact in mind in interpreting the findings
presented in this paper|
|Keywords: ||PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITALS|
|Appears in Collections: ||Medico-Social Research Board|
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