Partial Hospitalization

A Current Perspective

  • Raymond F. Luber

Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (NSSB)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Treatment Approaches to Partial Hospitalization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Thad A. Eckman Jr.
      Pages 21-46
    3. Stephen Washburn, Marguerite Conrad
      Pages 47-70
  3. Special Populations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Benjamin B. Lahey, David L. Kupfer
      Pages 73-90
    3. John T. Neisworth, V. DeCarolis Feeg
      Pages 91-102
  4. Research in Partial Hospitalization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Michel Hersen
      Pages 105-135
  5. Problems and Fututre Directions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-138
    2. Samuel M. Turner
      Pages 139-150
    3. Paul M. Lefkovitz
      Pages 151-171
    4. F. Dee Goldberg, Joan Perrault
      Pages 173-181
    5. Raymond F. Luber
      Pages 183-197
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 199-205

About this book


There was a time, not long ago, when the only treatment options considered to be worthwhile for patients requiring psychiatric care were the 50-minute hour on the one hand, or full-time hospitalization on the other. Most of us were convinced in those days that treatment could, and indeed should, take place with a minimum of involvement by the patient's family. Nor did we really consider that the community in which a patient lived was a significant contributor to either his illness or its cure. These naive assumptions were strongly challenged, of course, be­ ginning with the questions of social psychiatrists in the 50s and con­ tinuing with the quiet growth of the patients' rights movement. Thus it is no mere coincidence that when the community psychiatry movement emerged in the mid-60s as a powerful force for profound change in our traditional practice, the concept of partial hospitalization, which can be traced back at least 30 years, became a symbol of the new social psychiatry. Partial hospitalization had singular advantages well attuned to the times: it did not force a separation between the patient and his family; it cost far less to deliver than inpatient care; and it avoided the stigma of institutionalization while still providing far more care than the traditional psychotherapeutic hour. In a few years' time, several well­ controlled studies documented that virtually all patients who were cus­ tomarily treated on an inpatient basis could be effectively managed and treated in a day hospital.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Raymond F. Luber
    • 1
  1. 1.Partial Hospitalization, Department of Psychiatry, Western Psychiatric Institute and ClinicUniversity of Pittsburgh School of MedicinePittsburghUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Plenum Press, New York 1979
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-2966-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-2964-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0258-1221
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