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Handicap mental et psychiatrie [Mental retardation and psychiatry]
Revue Médicale Suisse
In the canton de Vaud (Switzerland) the psychiatric units devoted to mental retardation have been suppressed during the deinstitutionalization process in the 1970/80s. However, the use of psychiatric hospitalizations has increased these last years. This increase is accompanied by an interdiction of seclusion and restraint outside of the specialized psychiatric unit. A unit of liaison psychiatry has been created as an alternative to psychiatric hospitalization and to assist directly the staff of specialized institutions for people with mental retardation or the family of the patient. The article describes the challenges of liaison psychiatry in this field and the potential benefits of research for the psychiatry of mental retardation.
Child, Child Development, Education of Mentally Retarded, Humans, Mental Retardation, Psychiatry, Public Health, Social Behavior
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