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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 50 (2008) 13, 131 - 136

Short report

Old age psychiatry in the Netherlands

M.L. Stek, P. Eikelenboom, A.T.F. Beekman

In recent years there have been significant developments in psychiatry for the elderly in the Netherlands. Epidemiological research has widened its scope, collaborating with other disciplines and thereby creating a range of new perspectives. Patient care is shifting gradually to the general hospital and psychiatry for the elderly has a definite place in the curriculum for trainee psychiatrists. Increasingly, integrated care arrangements are becoming available for elderly psychiatric patients with handicaps. Psychiatry for the elderly has obtained a firm foothold in the Netherlands and should be able to participate in and benefit from the developments that are expected in the years to come.

keywords demographic ageing, epidemiology, integrated care, psychiatry for the elderly