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Title: Intervention and social breakdown in the elderly.
Authors: Little, John
Issue Date: 1996
Publisher: Informa
Place of publication: Melbourne
Publication Title: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
Volume: 30
Issue: 5
Start Page: 681
End Page: 684
Abstract: Objective: To discuss the ethical and clinical issues associated with the management of social breakdown in the elderly (SBE) in relation to the case of a 76-year-old recluse who was referred following community concerns about her living conditions and behaviour. Method: Longitudinal assessment and management of the patient resulted in a diagnosis of schizophrenia and treatment with fluphenazine decanoate. Results: The patient responded to treatment and was returned home, after which a relationship was maintained by community services. Conclusions: A coherent and defensible position on both clinical and ethical grounds may be made in favour of intervention with SBE. Practical aspects of the process are suggested.
ISSN: 0004-8674
Internal ID Number: 00142
Health Subject: ELDERLY
Type: Journal Article
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