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Long-stay patients in Danish psychiatric hospitals

  • A. Weeke (a1), M. Kastrup (a1) and A. Dupont (a1)


The numbers of long-stay patients in Danish psychiatric hospitals were studied, based on information from the Danish cumulative psychiatric register and from the census studies of patients in Danish psychiatric hospitals, performed at 5-year intervals since 1957.

In 1977, 2079 (20%) of the in-patient population which had been admitted before 1957 were still in hospitals. This ‘old long-stay’ group has diminished exponentially, with an annual reduction of 7%.

During the period 1972–6, the number of patients who, on any given day, had been in-patients or attending as day-patients for more than 1 but less than 2 years (the ‘new long-stay’) varied between 847 and 1089: an average of 20 per 100000 total population. The ratio of in-patients to day-patients was approximately 4:1.


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1Address for correspondence: Dr A. Weeke, Institute of Psychiatric Demography, Psychiatric Hospital, DK-8240 Risskov, Denmark.


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