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Enquête préliminaire et évaluation de la satisfaction globale des soins dans une structure ambulatoire psychiatrique pour enfants et adolescents
Schweizer Archiv für Neurologie und Psychiatrie. Archives suisses de neurologie et de psychiatrie. Archivio svizzero di neurologia e psichiatria
The complexity and difficulty of assessing psychiatric care for children and adolescents is a widely accepted reality. However, this should not discourage necessary efforts to stress the richness and efficiency of clinical practices, regardless of their theoretical models. We present the results of a quality-like survey addressing patient satisfaction and therapeutic alliance conducted in 2007 in an outpatient ward of the department of psychiatry for children and adolescents of the University of Lausanne (Service Universitaire de Psychiatrie de l'Enfant et de l'Adolescent - SUPEA, Lausanne). We developed a questionnaire on the basis of a "traditional" patient satisfaction survey, consisting of questions dealing with a range of different types of ambulatory settings and evaluating: access to care, quality of reception, patient's perception of the type of care and support offered, the therapeutic alliance and global satisfaction. Questions regarding the therapeutic alliance were based on the Revised Help Alliance Questionnaire (HAQ-II, Lester Luborski). Questionnaires were anonymous and self-administered by children from 10 years old up and parents separately. High levels of global satisfaction were reported (80% satisfied or very satisfied). Certain specific aspects seem to influence the global satisfaction level and therapeutic alliance. Patients with self-reported anxiety problems were less satisfied than those with selfreported conduct problems. The mode of reference of the patient, self or by parents versus by school or social workers, affected the perceived alliance. A higher frequency of sessions was also related to a better perceived alliance and satisfaction.
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