Psychiatric services in nursing homes in Israel: Should the american legislation be adopted?

Yoram Barak, Michael Davidson, Jay S. Luxenberg, Dov Aizenberg

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Background: Nursing homes provide care for the elderly who require medical, nursing or rehabilitation services. Legislation for the public health model of mental health care for nursing home residents in the USA was enacted in 1987. Objective: To determine whether the USA act regulating psychiatric care for nursing homes may be applied in Israel. Methods: Publications analyzing the outcome of the USA regulations demonstrate improved care as reflected by decrease in restraints and better use of psychotropic compounds. The shortcomings as well as benefits of the USA legislation are tested as to their relevance to the specific economic, environmental and medical issues in Israel. Conclusions: The adoption of USA legal acts regulating nursing home residents' psychiatric care may not be feasible in Israel. However, quality of care in nursing homes can be significantly improved if such regulations were "tailored" to Israel's unique structure of nursing homes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-217
Number of pages5
JournalIsrael Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2004


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