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Factors Associated with High-frequency Users of Psychiatric Service in a Public Psychiatric Hospital in Taiwan

Frank Huang-Chih Chou

In the recent decades, deinstitutionalization
for psychotic patients has been a zeitgeist of the
world. It has led to a dramatic reduction of inpatient
beds and subsequent increase in pressure on
available beds. In Taiwan, there are still increasing
available psychiatric beds until 2011. But the
national policy is to encourage psychotic patients
to return to or stay in community. To reach this
goal, we should do something benefi cial to improve
the psychotic patients’ quality of life. Many
clinical, family and social factors should be considered
when we attempt to improve the healthrelated
qualify of life (HRQoL) among psychotic
patients [1].
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