Nurses in the therapeutic community

Authors

  • Gunna Dietrich B.Sc. R.M.N. S.R.N. R.N.T.

    1. Senior Nursing Officer (Education), The Bethlem Royal and The Maudsley Hospital School of Nursing, Princess Marina House, London SE5 8AZ
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Abstract

This article shows advantages of therapeutic communities in psychiatric hospitals over traditionally run institutions; it does not deal with the disadvantages of therapeutic communities when compared with treatment regimes such as family-centred therapy or community care. Advantages are considered in relation to both patients and nurses. Some generalizations are made and a number of pertinent questions are posed; answers are suggested where this was deemed possible, i.e. not very often.

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