The relationship between adolescents’ preferences of psychiatric interviews’ duration and sociodemographic and clinical features and its effect on psychiatric treatment
Aim: Psychiatrist’s knowledge of adolescent’s information about the psychiatric interview and the process at the duration of adolescent’s admission will improve the collaboration between adolescent and the psychiatrist. In this study, we aimed to investigate the relationship between the clinical features and the adolescents’ duration prefe-rences of psychiatric interviews.
Method: Clinical characteristics of the patients was determined retrospectively from patient follow-up file. Two hundred three adolescents between 12-21 years old were recruited in the study. They were assessed in a psychiatry outpatient service. Preferences were asked to the patients who agreed to participate before starting the interview. Short Psychiatric Interview group and Long Psychiatric Interview group were identified.
Results: As a result, more than half of those who prefered short psychiatric interview were girls (61% girls, 39% boys). Type of the treatment given by psychiatrists was affected by patients’ interview pre-ferences. Psychiatrists preferred more drug treatment for those who preferred short interview (p<0,05). Also they gave more counseling services for those who preferred long interview (p>0,05). The data obtained Show that the ideas of adolescents on psychiatric interview duration can change the approach to treatment of psychiatrists.
Conclusions: Knowledge about the psychiatric duration of adolescent’s admission and explaining the psychiatric evaluation process in accordance with the adolescent stage of development to the patient will improve the collaboration of patient-physician relationship and the coherence of the treatment process. It is important to know adolescent thoughts from the first interview on psychiatric examination.
Key words: Adolescent, patient physician relationship, psychiatric interview, duration
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