chapter  IV
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Special Findings

Although this largely extramural type of management of an unselccted group of psychiatric patients seemed to work well on the whole from the point of view of patients, relatives, and the supporting services, there were, as we have seen, a small number of patients to whom this did not altogether apply. Amongst the unselected intake of the units as such they only formed a minority, and they were by no means a homogeneous group. The question arises, however, whether there are in fact recognizable sub-groups of patients in which failures of management may turn from a small minority into a sizeable one, or even into a majority. In other words, do we find any special groups among psychiatric patients for whom an extramural type of management is particularly unsuited or less suited than for most other patients?