Evaluation of the Two-Way Communication Checklist as a clinical intervention: Results of a multinational, randomised controlled trial

Jim Van Os, A. Carlo Altamura, Julio Bobes, Jes Gerlach, Jonathan S E Hellewell, Siegfried Kasper, Dieter Naber, Philippe Robert

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Abstract

Background: Patients and doctors often have divergent views on care needs. Aims: To examine whether providing patients with an opportunity to identify and discuss their needs would improve communication and induce changes in care. Method: Patients with schizophrenia (n=134) were randomly allocated to either standard care or use of the Two-Way Communication Checklist (2-COM). Before seeing their clinician for a routine follow-up, participants in the active intervention group were given 2-COM, a list of 20 common needs, and told to indicate those areas they wanted to discuss with their doctor. Outcomes were assessed immediately and again after 6 weeks. Results: Using 2-COM induced a stable improvement of patient-reported quality of patient-doctor communication (B=0.33, P=0.031), and induced changes in management immediately after the intervention (OR=3.7, P=0.009; number needed to treat, 6). Treatment change was more likely in patients with more reported needs, and needs most likely to induce treatment change displayed stronger associations with non-medication than with medication changes. Conclusions: A simple intervention to aid people in discussion of their needs results in improved communication and changes in management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-83
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of Psychiatry
Volume184
Issue numberJAN.
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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