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
deinstitutionalizeplay \-ˈtü-shə-nə-ˌlīz, -ˈtyü-\ transitive verb
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In the 1950s, after a number of exposés about conditions in state asylums, a new national reform movement pushed for deinstitutionalization.
In the 1960s the deinstitutionalization movement shifted patients from large, crowded psychiatric hospitals to what was viewed as more effective and humane community settings.
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First Known Use of deinstitutionalization
Medical Definition of deinstitutionalization
: the release of institutionalized individuals from institutional care (as in a psychiatric hospital) to care in the community
deinstitutionalize\-ˈt(y)üsh-nə-ˌlīz, -ˈt(y)ü-shən-əl-ˌīz\play transitive verb
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