Significance of psychiatrists’ personal variables in treatment of persons suffering from schizophrenia.

Significance of psychiatrists' personal variables in treatment of persons suffering from schizophrenia.

Psychiatr Pol. 2014;48(6):1213-1223

Authors: Sawicka M, Charzyńska K

OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study is to investigate the significance of psychiatrists' personal variables in treatment and functioning of persons suffering from schizophrenia.
METHODS: 150 patients with schizophrenia indicated by 30 psychiatrists were included in the study. Data was collected during single interview with the use of Dyadic Questionnaire of the Therapist-Patient Relationship, Questionnaire of Pharmacological Treatment Assessment, Life Satisfaction Scale, Emotion Control Scale, Life Orientation Test, Overall Self-Efficacy Scale, Social Functioning Scale and Sociodemographic Questionnaire. Stepwise regression was used to determine the psychiatrist's related variables which explain variables associated with a patient.
RESULTS: Psychiatrists' personal variables explained up to 20% of variance in social functioning of the patients with schizophrenia. Variables describing psychiatrists were most significant in explaining assessment of psychiatrist's professionalism and rejection of a psychiatrist by a patient. The abilities to identify medication symptoms and adherence to pharmacotherapy were only slightly explained by patient - psychiatrist collaboration length.
CONCLUSIONS: Results indicate that psychiatrists' personal characteristics are significant for the development of the relationship between persons with schizophrenia and their psychiatrists.

PMID: 25717490 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]