Building a bridge: a case report on communicating mental-health diagnoses to patients of a culturally and linguistically diverse background

Rony Kayrouz*, Christine Irene Senediak, Roy Laube

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    Abstract

    Objective: This paper is based on a case report, describing a protocol to help practitioners communicate mental-health diagnosis to patients from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. The protocol was presented by integrating the DSM-5 Cultural Formulation Interview (CFI) and the SPIKES protocol for communicating the diagnosis of cancer, yielding a modified CFI-SPIKES protocol (i.e. S, Support; P, Perception using CFI; I, Invitation; K, Knowledge; E, Emotions). The protocol was demonstrated using a case report with a patient of a Middle-Eastern background experiencing generalised anxiety disorder. Conclusions: The CFI-SPIKES protocol for communicating mental-health diagnosis allows for a collaborative process, whereby the CALD patient and practitioner can address the stigma associated with communicating a mental-health diagnosis, ensuring patient engagement and informed shared decision making.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)478-480
    Number of pages3
    JournalAustralasian Psychiatry
    Volume25
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017

    Keywords

    • diagnosis
    • culture
    • mental health
    • protocol
    • communication

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