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Role of the mental hospital in the provision of service to the adult psychotic patient by the Government of British Columbia Colls, Muriel Helen

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The dissertation discusses the provision of mental health care delivery by the Government of British Columbia, and the role and focus of Riverview Hospital in a changing organizational environment. The developing policy of regional and community service necessitates reorganization of the hospital's programs, in order to integrate and coordinate the components of the system. The question of the optimal organization for delivery of service in Riverview is examined through a discussion of the theoretical background for the provision of care to the mentally disordered, the development of mental health services in the province, and the alternatives and externalities which impinge on the provision and operation of the hospital's services. The intra-hospital planning, designed to effect an organizational response to environmental pressures, is outlined.

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