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Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2006 Oct;114(4):265-73.

Shared decision making for in-patients with schizophrenia.

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Psychiatric Department, Klinik und Poliklinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Technische Universität München, Möhlstrasse 26, 81675 Munich, Germany. j.hamann@lrz.tum.de

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Patients' participation in treatment planning is being increasingly advocated in mental health. The model of "Shared Decision Making" (SDM) is proposed as a promising method of engaging patients in medical decisions and improving health-related outcomes. In the present study, the feasibility and effects of SDM for in-patients with schizophrenia should be evaluated.

METHOD:

Randomized controlled trial comparing a SDM program with routine care (n = 107).

RESULTS:

The intervention studied was feasible for most of the patients and did not take up more of the doctors' time. Patients in the intervention group had a better knowledge about their disease (P = 0.01) and a higher perceived involvement in medical decisions (P = 0.03). The intervention increased the uptake of psychoeducation (P = 0.003).

CONCLUSION:

Sharing medical decisions with acutely ill in-patients with schizophrenia is in many cases possible and improves important treatment patterns. This might help in destigmatizing this group of patients and improving schizophrenia-related health outcomes.

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