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"The Day Hospital (DH) is a day care unit for young patients with schizophrenia. It is characterized by the integration of "SEIKATSU RINSHO" hypothesis and therapeutic community principles. It was established in 1974 by the doctor and nurses, under Professor Hiroshi Utena's instruction. To date, approximately 480 consumers have attended this program. We have provided psychiatric rehabilitation service to patients and conducted research related to this field. Weekly programs include sports, cooking, hiking, and social skills training. Family psychoeducation and job rehabilitation are also provided. Currently, there are 5 full-time staffs: 1 psychiatrist, 2 nurses, 1 occupational therapist, 1 clinical psychologist, and 4 special course students. "Currently, about 40 consumers with severe mental illness participate in the program (mean age: 27 years old). Over 90% of the menbers are schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders. Other members have Asperger disorder, somatization disorder, and so on. Although there is no limit for the duration of the participation, members usually go on to the following social resources in 2.5 years on average."

http://www.m.u-tokyo.ac.jp/html/english/AnnualReports/2004/Neuropsychiatry.html

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