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MET AND UNMET NEEDS OF PATIENTS WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA – BRIEF RESEARCH REPORT OF A ROMANIAN SAMPLE

Vol IX, No. 2, 2009 Comments (0)

Codruţa POPESCU *(1), Ioana MICLUŢIA (2)

(1) Second Psychiatric Clinic, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
(2) ‘’Iuliu Haţieganu’’ University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Abstract

The objective of the study was to translate and adapt the Romanian version of the Camberwell Assessment of Needs, and to assess its inter-rater reliability in a sample of patients diagnosed with schizophrenia. Fifty-eight schizophrenic patients were assessed using the 22 domains of the Romanian version of the Camberwell Assessment of Needs. The kappa coefficient was used to assess inter-rater reliability. For 21 domains the inter-rater reliability was almost perfect to total (range: 0.86 to 1.0). The domain with the lowest agreement was companionship. The inter-rater reliability of the Camberwell Assessment of Needs was similar to what has been found in previous studies. The use of standardized instruments to assess needs of care in Romania will contribute to the assessment of the effectiveness of treatment and to the planning of individualized care for individuals with mental illnesses.

Keywords: needs assessment, schizophrenia, psychiatric status, rating scale

Pages: 161-167

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