Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/335844
Title:
The Irish psychiatric hospital census, 1971
Authors:
O'Hare, Aileen; Walsh, Dermot
Citation:
O'Hare, A. & Walsh, D., 1971. The Irish psychiatric hospital census, 1971. Dublin: Medico-Social Research Board.
Publisher:
Medico-Social Research Board
Issue Date:
1971
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/335844
Item Type:
Report
Language:
en
Description:
A census of patients in lrish psychiatric hospitals and units was carried out on midnight, 31st March, 1963, and a report of this census has already, been published (Walsh. 1971} This census was based.on information returned on individual data sheets completed in respect of each patient; On midnight, 31st March, .1971, a further census of persons in Irish psychiatric hospitals and units was carried out and this report presents the results of that census and examines differences between the hospital populations of 1963 and 1971. The individual patient form used in the 1971 census is reproduced on page 8. This form, subsequent to the census, is being employed for all admissions to hospital and all discharges and replaced that used for the 1963 census which was in use for all admissions and discharges. continuously until the census of March 31st, 1971. The new form differs in. two major respects from the earlier one. In the first place it gathers identifying information in respect of each individual whereas the earlier form did not. The purpose of this is to assemble information on hospital usage by groups of patients .and to. follow cohorts of patients over admissions and discharges for long periods of time; This was not technically possible with the earlier forrm and so while this ·present report compares numbers and patient characteristics between the hospital populations of 1963 and 1971, it does not enable us to examine the outcome of the standing hospital population of 1963 since we cannot, for instance, know how many patients .of the 1963 resident population have remained in hospital without. being discharged, .have ·been discharged and no't readmitted, or' readmitted once, twice, or many times, or have died in hospital. Similarly, because the old system was event, rather than patient,centred we cannot say which admissions subsequent: to the 1963 census have become·long-stay since then, In consequence, the 1971 psychiatric hospital census suffers not 'so much from its own limitations but from those of the 1963 census. However, with the new form and method of data collection it will be possible to make much more· valuable statements .with regard: to our psychiatric hospital populations, their compositions and their changes. over time in the future.
Keywords:
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES; STATISTICAL DATA; RESEARCH; PSYCHIATRIC CARE

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorO'Hare, Aileenen_GB
dc.contributor.authorWalsh, Dermoten_GB
dc.date.accessioned2014-11-19T22:11:48Z-
dc.date.available2014-11-19T22:11:48Z-
dc.date.issued1971-
dc.identifier.citationO'Hare, A. & Walsh, D., 1971. The Irish psychiatric hospital census, 1971. Dublin: Medico-Social Research Board.en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/335844-
dc.descriptionA census of patients in lrish psychiatric hospitals and units was carried out on midnight, 31st March, 1963, and a report of this census has already, been published (Walsh. 1971} This census was based.on information returned on individual data sheets completed in respect of each patient; On midnight, 31st March, .1971, a further census of persons in Irish psychiatric hospitals and units was carried out and this report presents the results of that census and examines differences between the hospital populations of 1963 and 1971. The individual patient form used in the 1971 census is reproduced on page 8. This form, subsequent to the census, is being employed for all admissions to hospital and all discharges and replaced that used for the 1963 census which was in use for all admissions and discharges. continuously until the census of March 31st, 1971. The new form differs in. two major respects from the earlier one. In the first place it gathers identifying information in respect of each individual whereas the earlier form did not. The purpose of this is to assemble information on hospital usage by groups of patients .and to. follow cohorts of patients over admissions and discharges for long periods of time; This was not technically possible with the earlier forrm and so while this ·present report compares numbers and patient characteristics between the hospital populations of 1963 and 1971, it does not enable us to examine the outcome of the standing hospital population of 1963 since we cannot, for instance, know how many patients .of the 1963 resident population have remained in hospital without. being discharged, .have ·been discharged and no't readmitted, or' readmitted once, twice, or many times, or have died in hospital. Similarly, because the old system was event, rather than patient,centred we cannot say which admissions subsequent: to the 1963 census have become·long-stay since then, In consequence, the 1971 psychiatric hospital census suffers not 'so much from its own limitations but from those of the 1963 census. However, with the new form and method of data collection it will be possible to make much more· valuable statements .with regard: to our psychiatric hospital populations, their compositions and their changes. over time in the future.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherMedico-Social Research Boarden_GB
dc.subjectMENTAL HEALTH SERVICESen_GB
dc.subjectSTATISTICAL DATAen_GB
dc.subjectRESEARCHen_GB
dc.subjectPSYCHIATRIC CARE-
dc.titleThe Irish psychiatric hospital census, 1971en_GB
dc.typeReporten
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