The customer is always right? Subjective target symptoms and treatment preferences in patients with psychosis

Steffen Moritz*, Fabrice Berna, Susanne Jaeger, Stefan Westermann, Matthias Nagel

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Abstract

Clinicians and patients differ concerning the goals of treatment. Eighty individuals with schizophrenia were assessed online about which symptoms they consider the most important for treatment, as well as their experience with different interventions. Treatment of affective and neuropsychological problems was judged as more important than treatment of positive symptoms (p < 0.005). While most individuals had experience with Occupational and Sports Therapy, only a minority had received Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Family Therapy, and Psychoeducation with family members before. Patients appraised Talk, Psychoanalytic, and Art Therapy as well as Metacognitive Training as the most helpful treatments. Clinicians should carefully take into consideration patients’ preferences, as neglect of consumers’ views may compromise outcome and adherence to treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335–339
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience
Volume267
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • psychosis
  • schizophrenia
  • treatment gap
  • treatment preferences

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