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Reviewing case management in community psychiatric care

The decentralisation of psychiatric services from custodial and institutionalised environments to care in the community has been gathering momentum in the UK since the 1950s. The closure of the old institutions meant that many community services were swamped because of a serious underestimation of the demand that would be placed upon them (Bush, 2003). It has been noted in the media and elsewhere how this pressure has resulted in increasing homelessness for mentally ill people and sporadic ...

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