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Introduction Seminar About Patient Participation and Treatment Options for Psychiatric Patients on Waiting List

This study has been completed.
Central Norway Regional Health Authority
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Norwegian University of Science and Technology Identifier:
First received: August 26, 2009
Last updated: February 26, 2016
Last verified: February 2016

Patient participation is a central concept in Norwegian health policy. It is mandatory in hospitals and emphasised as one of the most prioritised areas by the Government. Studies from Norway have repeatedly found that patients who seek help in community mental health centres ("DPS") are dissatisfied with the information they receive and about their possibility for real influence in their treatment.

One way to improve individual patient participation might be to give patients information before they start their treatment. This can be done as group based patient education to reduce the resources needed. Furthermore, as there are waiting lists for treatment, such introduction seminars could be held while patients are waiting to use this time in a meaningful way.

The present study therefore aims at testing the effect of an introduction seminar for patients on waiting list in a community mental health centre.

Condition Intervention
Mental Disorders
Behavioral: Introduction seminar
Other: Usual care

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Introduction Seminar About Patient Participation and Treatment Options for Patients on Waiting List in a Community Mental Health Centre - Development, Effect, Experiences and Costs

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Further study details as provided by Norwegian University of Science and Technology:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Behavior and symptoms [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
    Behavior and Symptom Identification Scale (BASIS-32)

  • knowledge on treatment preference [ Time Frame: 1 month ]
  • patient activation (coping) [ Time Frame: 4 months ]
    measured with Patient Activation Measure (PAM)

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Client satisfaction [ Time Frame: Baseline, 4 and 12 months ]
    Satisfaction measured with Client Satisfaction Questionnaire (CSQ-8)

  • Perceived participation [ Time Frame: Baseline, 4 and 12 months ]
    Perceived participation measured with Perception of care (PoC)

  • Psychiatric Out-Patient Experiences [ Time Frame: Baseline, 4 and 12 months ]
    Psychiatric Out-Patient Experiences Questionnaire (POPEQ)

  • Quality of Life [ Time Frame: Baseline, 4 and 12 months ]

  • motivation for treatment [ Time Frame: Baseline, 1 and 4 months ]
    motivation for treatment (questions)

  • costs [ Time Frame: Baseline, 1, 4 and 12 months ]
    data on health care use, sick leave, medication and other direct and indirect costs will be collected

  • Knowledge [ Time Frame: Baseline, 1, 4 and 12 months ]
    measured using a self developed questionnaire

Enrollment: 92
Study Start Date: June 2009
Study Completion Date: July 2012
Primary Completion Date: June 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Introduction seminar
Psychoeducation for patients on waiting list
Behavioral: Introduction seminar
The seminar will be held over two half days, each lasting 2.5 hours. Up to 30 patients can participate in each seminar. The details of the content of the program will be developed based on study one. The preliminarily plans are to give general information about the community mental health centre, the available treatment options and patients rights by presentations from health personnel and user representatives. At the end of each day, the patients will be divided into small groups mentored by health personnel were they can discuss the presentations and ask questions. In the breaks, literature and other type of information for patients will be on display. All participants will get a folder with details of the program and leaflets from patient organisations and governmental agencies.
Other Name: psychoeducation
Active Comparator: Usual care
Usual care
Other: Usual care
Usual care


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients older than 18 years referred for out patient treatment who get a guarantee of starting treatment between 2 and 6 months will be included.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • patients with a guarantee of starting treatment in less than two months and
  • patients who do not understand the consequences of taking part in the study
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00967265

Tiller DPS
Trondheim, Norway, 7055
Sponsors and Collaborators
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Central Norway Regional Health Authority
Principal Investigator: Aslak Steinsbekk, PhD Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  More Information

Responsible Party: Norwegian University of Science and Technology Identifier: NCT00967265     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Introduction seminar
Study First Received: August 26, 2009
Last Updated: February 26, 2016

Keywords provided by Norwegian University of Science and Technology:
Introduction seminar
Waiting list
Patient participation
Mental disorders

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Mental Disorders
Psychotic Disorders
Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders processed this record on April 26, 2017