Outcome of Person-centered Care at a Dynamic-Psychiatric Hospital in Germany

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Maria Ammon
Gisela Finke


Dynamic psychiatric treatment is a well established therapeutic approach with substantial elements of person-centered care. A study was designed and conducted in order to evaluate the outcome of a person centered dynamic psychiatric inpatient treatment program in Munich, Germany. It was conducted  with 792 patients, for whom mean duration of therapy was 65 days. Assessment tools included the Inventory of Interpersonal Problems ( IIP) (a self-report measure of maladaptive relationship behavior), the Ammon Ego Structure Test (ISTA ), the WHO Quality of Life Instrument-Bref, indices of social network extent and depth, and satisfaction with personal communication and care and with concerted treatment planning. The results at discharge and follow up showed that patients had significantly improved concerning all dynamic personality dimensions, interpersonal problems, quality of life, and satisfaction with personalized care. This study offers a measure of validation of  person-centered dynamic psychiatric care in terms of relevant outcome measures.

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