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|Title:||Intervention and social breakdown in the elderly.|
|Place of publication:||Melbourne|
|Publication Title:||Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry|
|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.|
|Internal ID Number:||00142|
|Appears in Collections:||Research Output|
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