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Effects of the Two-Way Communication Checklist (2-COM): A one-year cluster randomized study in a group of severely mentally ill persons.
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PMID:  23266575     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: In a health-care service with the emphasis on improvement related to functioning and well-being, the communication process between patient and professionals is essential. There is a lack of research on this matter. AIM: The aim was to investigate, in a group of severely mentally ill persons, whether the use of a simple communication tool could influence the sense of empowerment, satisfaction with care, therapeutic alliance and unmet needs. METHOD: The study had a cluster randomized design. The intervention was a communication tool (2-COM) applied in two teams during one year. In a comparison group of two other teams, the treatment was as usual. At baseline, after six months, and after one year, assessments were made. RESULTS: After one year the 2-COM groups seemed to have a larger reduction in unmet needs compared to the treatment-as-usual group. However, there were large problems with attrition in the study, and it was not possible to draw relevant conclusions. CONCLUSIONS: The methodological problems were substantial, and the study may be considered as a pilot study. In a main study the researchers ought to take control over the selection of patients on the basis of the experiences from this study.
Hans Arvidsson; Elisabeth Olin; Jennifer Strand; Inga Tidefors
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-12-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  The International journal of social psychiatry     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1741-2854     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Soc Psychiatry     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
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Created Date:  2012-12-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0374726     Medline TA:  Int J Soc Psychiatry     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
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