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Promoting stigma coping and empowerment in patients with schizophrenia and depression: results of a cluster-RCT.

Wolfgang Gaebel, Harald Zäske, Klaus Hesse, Stefan Klingberg, Christian Ohmann, Jürgen Grebe, Henrike Kolbe, Andrea Icks, Frank Schneider, Volker Backes, Claus Wolff-Menzler, Birgit Guse, Jürgen Gallinat, Thomas Bock, Maria-Christiane Jockers-Scherübl, Timo Krüger, Frank Jessen, Andreas Bechdolf, Tilo Kircher, Carsten Konrad Show all

European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience | Published : 2020


There is a need for interventions supporting patients with mental health conditions in coping with stigma and discrimination. A psycho-educational group therapy module to promote stigma coping and empowerment (STEM) was developed and tested for efficacy in patients with schizophrenia or depression. 30 clinical centers participated in a cluster-randomized clinical trial, representing a broad spectrum of mental health care settings: in-patient (acute treatment, rehabilitation), out-patient, and day-hospitals. As randomized, patients in the intervention group clusters/centers received an illness-specific eight sessions standard psychoeducational group therapy plus three specific sessions on sti..

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