The role of institutions has come into question in recent decades, and the size of the institutionalized population has been drastically reduced. Risk-adjusted mortality rates in institutions and the community in California from 1980 through 1992 were compared, with the aim of improving our understanding of the capacity of the community health system to support deinstitutionalization. Risk-adjusted odds on mortality were estimated to be 72% higher in the community than in institutions. Some problems with health care delivery in the community were reviewed; these may help account for the difference. Consumers and guardians should weigh these considerations when making choices between institutional versus community-based care.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||American Journal on Mental Retardation|
|State||Published - Jul 1996|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health Professions(all)
- Developmental and Educational Psychology