‘Psychiatric patients will benefit from the help of experts by experience’

‘Psychiatric patients will benefit from the help of experts by experience’

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People who own psychiatric problems, have current patients to help in the treatment of their disorder. That sets Wilma Boevink, that Thursday will receive her phd on this topic.

For her research, gathered Boevink and professor of psychiatry, Jim van Os data of more than one hundred patients, reports Trouw. They were given as a supplement to regular treatment also intensive training from experts.

After one and two years filled out surveys in about these workouts. Boevink concludes that these have a positive effect: the patients might after a year, 20 percent less likely to be included or in a protected habitat.

In addition, seem to be the patients are more resilient and they have less need for help. The differences with patients without the help of experts, although not significantly, but the results are consistent.

Boevink is himself ex-patient, but was at the time of the data collection not involved in the research and conducted the research in a team. “In this way I try to bridge the gap between experiential knowledge and science to bridge.”

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