Contents; List of Tables and Figures; Foreword; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Part I: Before Patient Government; Part Ii: Achieving Patient Government; Part Iii: A Modest Success; Appendices: Theory And Method; References; Index.
In 1964 the Senate Committee on Aging reported that "once admitted to an institution ... the veteran begins ... to show signs of social and physical degeneration," a phenomenon that has not escapted the attention of clinicians, social scientists, veterans, and other chronic-care patients. Assuming that social withdrawal in the institutional setting was avoidable and that a strictly medical model of chronic care was inappropriate, Lella and his collaborators established a patient-government project designed to give thirty elderly men in a large veterans' hospital, who suffered from various de.
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