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Need for information in a representative sample of outpatients with schizophrenia disorders

Andrade, Mário César Rezende; Slade, Mike; Bandeira, Marina; Evans-Lacko, Sara; Martin, Denise; Andreoli, Sérgio Baxter

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Mário César Rezende Andrade

Professor of Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion

Marina Bandeira

Sara Evans-Lacko

Denise Martin

Sérgio Baxter Andreoli


Background: providing adequate information and involving patients in treatment has become an essential component of mental health care. Despite this, research regarding the extent to which this need has been met in clinical services is still scarce.
Aims: To investigate the need for information about psychiatric condition and treatment among outpatients with schizophrenia disorders and how this need is associated with service use, adjusting for sociodemographic and clinical characteristics.
Methods: Need for information for information about condition and treatment was assessed using the corresponding domain in the Camberwell Assessment of Need (CAN), in a representative sample of 401 schizophrenia outpatients in Santos, Brazil. Hierarchical logistic regression was used to investigate the association of information as a reported need and as an unmet need with service use variables, adjusting for sociodemographic and clinical characteristics.
Results: Need for information was reported by 214 (53.4%) patients, being met in 101 (25.2%) and unmet in 113 (28.2%). Hierarchical regression indicated a significant association of a reported need with higher age of onset, family monitoring medication use last year and lower education level, which was the only associated with an unmet need.
Conclusion: Information was a commonly reported need and which was often unmet, showing no significant association with service use. Greater attention should be given by mental health services to information provision.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 23, 2018
Online Publication Date May 22, 2018
Publication Date Aug 1, 2018
Deposit Date Apr 24, 2018
Publicly Available Date May 22, 2018
Journal International Journal of Social Psychiatry
Print ISSN 0020-7640
Electronic ISSN 0020-7640
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 64
Issue 5
Pages 476-481
Keywords Schizophrenia; Service evaluation; Needs assessment; Information provision
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