PMID: 37538May 1, 1979

Sociopsychiatric treatment combination in patients who are partly inpatients and genuine outpatients: definition and comparison (author's transl)

Psychiatrische Praxis
D Zimmer, A Uchtenhagen


The article gives a definition and brief description of those possibilities of treatment which are important in the sociopsychiatric therapy of psychoses: sociotherapy, therapy with neuroleptics, and psychotherapy as such, as well as their various combinations. Basing on a representative random trial from the fields of outpatient and nightpatient wards, the distribution of therapeutic potential among these combinations is described and outlined in a manner customary for the work bone by the Zürich Sociopsychiatric Service. It is evident, despite the fact that the work performed at our hospital is basically of the psychotherapeutic nature, patients can be rehabilitated with a lower level of neuroleptics provided sufficient sociotherapeutic measures are offered, including satisfactory psychotherapeutic efforts--the chances of meeting these demands being greater in our night ward. Patients who cannot be fully rehabilitated but more or less integrated, did not show such obvious differences, whereas the more intense sociotherapeutic programme of the nigth ward enabled the reintegration even of the nigth ward enabled the reintegration even of more seriously disturbed patients than could be achieved by mere outpatient follow-up treatm...Continue Reading

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