custodial care

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Patient care provided in a secure institution, i.e., with restricted right of egress. This is used mainly to care for people with serious mental disorders who are unable to care for themselves and/or are at risk of harming others. Custodial care may be short term or long term. Long-term custodial care in mental hospitals often raises concerns about protection from risks such as transmission of fecal-oral infections by persons whose mental disorder involves absence or loss of capacity to maintain personal hygiene.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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