Opportunities for mental health research in a VA general medical hospital are in themselves not unique. Much of the research is similar in nature to clinical and experimental investigations conducted at other types of institutions. Of course the paucity of one of the sexes and children precludes the possibility of research in such areas as post-partum psychosis and childhood schizophrenia. Since, as you may have heard, we are not yet saturated with knowledge in any of the areas of mental health, this inequity of VA hospital populations has not been an obstacle of any appreciable proportion. On the other hand, what difficulty we have encountered in research we also share in common with other facilities, namely sufficient time from other duties. However, it must be said that the VA does recognize the vast importance of and the need for research in mental health; only diagnostic evaluation is regarded as more primary than research in the duties of the clinical psychologist.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
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"Mental Health Research in a Veterans Administration General Hospital,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 64(1), 559-564.
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