Hospitals, General

Publication Title: 
Journal of Religion and Health

Identifying patients' expectations of and need for healthcare chaplaincy is important in terms of appropriate intervention. Therefore, a sample of 612 patients from 32 general hospitals and psychiatric clinics in the German part of Switzerland was surveyed about their expectations of chaplaincy service. A principal component factor analysis of participants' ratings found that the survey items fell into three distinct categories. These were the need for (1) emotional support, (2) help to cope with illness/disease, and (3) religious/spiritual assistance.

Author(s): 
Winter-Pf‰ndler, Urs
Flannelly, Kevin J.
Publication Title: 
Revista Latino-Americana De Enfermagem

PURPOSES: to identify the prevalence of the use of psychiatric drugs among patients admitted to medical and surgical clinics of a general hospital, and also the factors related to the consumption of this type of medication. METHOD: this is a transversal, descriptive, correlational study with quantitative analysis. For the collection of data, there was use of structured interviews and also reference to medical files.

Author(s): 
Shirama, Flavio Hiroshi
Miasso, Adriana Inocenti
Publication Title: 
The Journal of Psychology

Moral treatment, a therapeutic approach that emphasized character and spiritual development, and called for kindness on the part of all who came in contact with the patient, flourished in American mental hospitals during the first half of the 19th century. Many of its essential features also existed then in the treatment of physical illness in American general hospitals. Changing social and welfare services and advances in scientific medicine contributed to a subsequent decline in moral treatment and to a divergence between the therapeutic approaches of the two kinds of hospitals.

Author(s): 
Luchins, A. S.
Publication Title: 
The Journal of Psychology

Moral treatment, a therapeutic approach that emphasized character and spiritual development, and called for kindness on the part of all who came in contact with the patient, flourished in American mental hospitals during the first half of the 19th century. Many of its essential features also existed then in the treatment of physical illness in American general hospitals. Changing social and welfare services and advances in scientific medicine contributed to a subsequent decline in moral treatment and to a divergence between the therapeutic approaches of the two kinds of hospitals.

Author(s): 
Luchins, A. S.
Publication Title: 
Revista Medica De Chile

Why do we work in public hospitals, what do we look for and what do we find working at these places? There are several answers. The heritage, the places where we learnt, the places where medicine is practiced. A model that feeds us. They cannot be improved and it is difficult to accept their limitations. However, many factors such as teaching, research and group work, encourage us to continue working in them. Variation and simultaneity, they are places with many variables, a living organism.

Author(s): 
Baeza, H.
Publication Title: 
BMC health services research

BACKGROUND: A common finding in several studies is patients' dissatisfaction with complaint handling in health care. The reasons why are for the greater part unknown. The key to an answer may be found in a better understanding of patients' expectations. We investigated patients' expectations of complaint handling in hospitals. METHODS: Subjects were patients who had lodged a complaint at the complaint committees of 74 hospitals in the Netherlands. A total of 424 patients (response 75%) completed a written questionnaire at the start of the complaint procedures.

Author(s): 
Friele, Roland D.
Sluijs, Emmy M.
Publication Title: 
The Hillside Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

Four case histories have been presented to illustrate the range of therapeutic modalities which the liaison and consultation psychiatrist may be called upon to employ in the routine treatment of patients in the general hospital. These include analytically oriented insight and supportive psychotherapy, intervention with the family, collaboration with the medical and nursing staff, resolution of staff countertransference difficulties, pharmacotherapy, the turning of hospital and community resources to therapeutic account, and follow-up treatment and referral.

Author(s): 
Saravay, S. M.
Steinberg, M.
Rousseau, M.
Barnard, W.
Feldman, S. P.
Publication Title: 
European Addiction Research

In Spain, detoxification in general hospitals plays an important role in the medical care of patients. We aim to provide clinicians with information on the prevalence and correlates of psychiatric co-morbidity in drug abusers in detoxification. A sample of 115 substance-abuse inpatients (mean age 31.9 +/- 6.4 years) in a Detoxification Unit of a general university hospital was studied using the Spanish version of the PRISM. Most of the patients had multiple dependence diagnoses and co-morbid axis I or axis II psychiatric disorders.

Author(s): 
Nocon, Agnes
Bergé, Daniel
Astals, Mónica
Martín-Santos, Rocío
Torrens, Marta
Publication Title: 
Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment

The prominence of Twelve-Step programs has led to increased attention on the putative role of spirituality in recovery from addictive disorders. We developed a 6-item Spirituality Self-Rating Scale designed to reflect a global measure of spiritual orientation to life, and we demonstrated here its internal consistency reliability in substance abusers on treatment and in nonsubstance abusers.

Author(s): 
Galanter, Marc
Dermatis, Helen
Bunt, Gregory
Williams, Caroline
Trujillo, Manuel
Steinke, Paul
Publication Title: 
Profiles in Healthcare Marketing

Parma Community General Hospital in Parma, Ohio, is called "the only successful independent community hospital in Cuyahoga County." It celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2001 by touting impressive statistics, such as growing to 339 beds now from 200 beds in 1962. Events to celebrate the anniversary included an employee celebration, the opening of a residential hospice center and a community prayer breakfast.

Author(s): 
Botvin, Judith D.

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