deinstitutionalization

noun
de·​in·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al·​i·​za·​tion | \ (ˌ)dē-ˌin(t)-stə-ˌtü-shə-nə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce deinstitutionalization (audio) , -ˌtyü- \

Definition of deinstitutionalization

1 : the release of institutionalized individuals from institutional care (as in a psychiatric hospital) to care in the community
2 : the reform or modification of an institution to remove or disguise its institutional character

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deinstitutionalize \ (ˌ)dē-​ˌin(t)-​stə-​ˈtü-​shə-​nə-​ˌlīz How to pronounce deinstitutionalization (audio) , -​ˈtyü-​ \ transitive verb

Examples of deinstitutionalization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While some key ministries such as health were indeed initially knocked out of service by the earthquake, the heavy reliance on international NGOs only exacerbated Haiti’s deinstitutionalization, experts say. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 July 2021 Eventually, deinstitutionalization turned into reinstitutionalization as prisons replaced hospitals as the biggest line item in state budgets. Allen Frances, STAT, 12 July 2021 The population of nursing homes doubled in the decades following deinstitutionalization. Sarah E. Ryan, Time, 20 Apr. 2021 Decades ago, progressives pushed the unprecedented social experiment known as deinstitutionalization of the severely mentally ill. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, 23 June 2021 And deinstitutionalization introduced new problems and vulnerabilities. Sarah E. Ryan, Time, 20 Apr. 2021 Support for deinstitutionalization spanned the political spectrum. Sarah E. Ryan, Time, 20 Apr. 2021 At the same time, the process of deinstitutionalization — the discharge of unwell patients from mental asylums — had begun in earnest. Michael J. Lewis, National Review, 3 Sep. 2020 Even now, decades after deinstitutionalization, communities are trying to rebuild resources and safety nets. Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY, 23 June 2020

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First Known Use of deinstitutionalization

1955, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Deinstitutionalization.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deinstitutionalization. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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deinstitutionalization

noun
de·​in·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al·​iza·​tion | \ (ˌ)dē-ˌin(t)-stə-ˌt(y)üsh-nə-lə-ˈzā-shən, -ˌt(y)ü-shən-ᵊl-ə-ˈzā- How to pronounce deinstitutionalization (audio) \

Medical Definition of deinstitutionalization

: the release of institutionalized individuals from institutional care (as in a psychiatric hospital) to care in the community

Other Words from deinstitutionalization

deinstitutionalize \ -​ˈt(y)üsh-​nə-​ˌlīz, -​ˈt(y)ü-​shən-​ᵊl-​ˌīz How to pronounce deinstitutionalization (audio) \ transitive verb deinstitutionalized; deinstitutionalizing

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