Author(s):Channa R, Siddiqi M. What do patients want from their psychiatrist? A cross- sectional questionnaire based exploratory study from Karachi. BMC Psychiatry. 2008 Feb 29;8:14. doi: 10.1186/1471-244X-8-14. PMID 18312641
Journal: Bmc Psychiatry, Volume 8, Feb 2008
BACKGROUND The aspects of consultation that are important for psychiatric patients have always remained a less acknowledged area. The aim of this study was to identify these aspects.
METHODS A Cross-sectional, questionnaire based study was carried out in a psychiatry outpatient clinic of two tertiary care hospitals in a developing country. The patients were asked to fill out the questionnaire containing a total of 11 close-ended questions plus 1 open-ended question. They graded them as not important, important, very important or do not know. Non-psychotic patients aged 18 and above, visiting the clinic were recruited into the study before they went in for their first consultation.
RESULTS The response rate of patients was 84%. More than 90% wanted the doctor to tell them the cause of their illness, talk to them about their condition, provide symptomatic relief, let them know that how long their illness would last and make the final decision about their treatment plan. Less than 20% wanted to be part of a support network. A significant 82% wanted talking therapy as part of their treatment plan.
CONCLUSION The three issues, most important for patients were: the doctor should listen to them, make the final decision about treatment and provide symptomatic relief. Only 20% wanted to be a part of patients’ support group.