Objective: A simple patient-completed self-report instrument may facilitate patient-professional carer communication. Method: A 19-item self-report needs schedule was used in a sample of 243 out-patients with non-affective psychosis. Patients and professional carers commented on the usefulness of the instrument. In a subgroup of 95 patient-carer dyads, the professional carer was asked to rate the needs in addition to the patient. Results: Patients scored their needs reliably and lower than the professionals (OR = 0.9, 95% CI: 0.9, 0.97). Concordance between patients and professional carers on individual needs was very low. More than 50% of the professional carers and more than 80% of the patients found 2-COM useful. The higher the number of needs indicated by the patient, the greater the discrepancy between patients and professional carers with regard to the usefulness of the schedule. Conclusion: 2-COM is a useful instrument to expose, and subsequently bridge, patient-professional carer discordance on patient needs.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health