Therapy Begins at Home: The Psychiatric House Call Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • The house call is a valuable but underused component of community psychiatric care. A review of home visits conducted by the staff of a community mental health service over a 12 month period identified four situations in which a home visit is useful: getting reluctant patients to enter therapy, conducting a comprehensive assessment, strengthening a support network, and maintaining patients in the community when their condition has deteriorated. Making psychiatric house calls requires some additional skills on the part of therapists and offers residents valuable training experience.

publication date

  • November 1991