[Implementation of a routine gradual psycho-diagnostic programme in somatic rehabilitation centres - results of a pilot study]

Vogel, B; Jahed, J; Bengel, J; Barth, J; Härter, M; Baumeister, H (2009). [Implementation of a routine gradual psycho-diagnostic programme in somatic rehabilitation centres - results of a pilot study]. Rehabilitation, 48(6), pp. 361-368. Stuttgart: Thieme 10.1055/s-0029-1241810

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STUDY AIM: A pilot study was conducted to implement and evaluate a routine gradual psycho-diagnostic programme to improve diagnostics and treatment of mental disorders in somatic rehabilitation centres. First of all, implementation strategies were acquired in trainings together with psychologists and physicians. The psycho-diagnostic programme consists of a screening instrument (PHQ-9) designed to permit time-effective detection of comorbid mental disorders. Besides evaluation of the training, the aim of the study was to analyze the extent to which it is possible to implement the routine gradual psycho-diagnostic programme in practice. Additionally, it was intended to identify beneficial and obstructive conditions for implementation. METHODOLOGY: The pilot study was conducted in two orthopaedic and one cardiological rehabilitation centre. The training was evaluated directly after its completion using a questionnaire. Three months after its implementation, the introduction of the psycho-diagnostic programme was evaluated using interviews with n=11 physicians and psychologists. RESULTS: The training was rated positively by the participants . Implementation of the entire gradual psycho-diagnostic programme was possible in one centre and to some degree in the other two. Beneficial for implementation were a frank organisational climate, sufficient time resources, and physicians' biopsychosocial understanding of disease. A dismissive attitude towards psycho-diagnostics, little communication between staff members, little perceived advantage for one's own work and fear to stigmatise patients by psychiatric diagnoses were obstructive. CONCLUSION: Essential for a successful implementation are sufficient time and personal resources, a motivation for change in staff and centre management, and a positive attitude regarding psycho-diagnostics in clinic staff. Furthermore, flexibility in implementation strategies and the opportunity to participate in the implementation process are important.

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