"How to speak to your psychiatrist": Shared decision-making training for inpatients with schizophrenia

Johannes Hamann, Rosmarie Mendel, Anna Meier, Florim Asani, Esther Pausch, Stefan Leucht, Werner Kissling

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Objective: Involving patients with mental illness in shared decision making about their treatment has recently attracted attention, but existing interventions may insufficiently motivate or enable patients with schizophrenia to behave more actively. This study evaluated a new intervention. Methods: In a pilot study 61 inpatients with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder from a psychiatric hospital in Germany were randomly assigned to receive shared decision-making training (N=32) or cognitive training (N=29, control condition). Results: The shared decision-making training yielded higher participation preferences and increased patients' desire to have more responsibility in treatment decisions, which continued to the sixmonth follow-up. Patients in the intervention group became more skeptical of treatment and were perceived as more "difficult" by their psychiatrists. Conclusions: Training in shared decision making was highly accepted by patients and changed attitudes towardparticipation in decisionmaking. There were some hints that it might generate beneficial long-term effects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1218-1221
Number of pages4
JournalPsychiatric Services
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2011


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