The role of self-reliance in psychiatric disorders: The mixed-methods project “POINTR” sets out to understand individual differences
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- POINTR has now recruited three experts-by-experience, a postdoc-researcher and a junior researcher to contribute to the project!
- POINTR protocol for workpackage on studying the role of self-reliance during treatment in patients at GGZ inGeest and GGZ Centraal approved by Institutional Review Board (METc)!
POINTR stands for: Personalized profiles to optimize the use of self-reliance as a target in mental health prevention and treatment.
Self-reliance of clients (zelfredzaamheid) is an important goal in mental health care. But little is actually known about how changeable one’s perception of self-reliance actually is, and how important such changes are in the onset of and recovery from psychiatric disorders. The question at the heart of this project is therefore: in whom does it or does it not make sense to focus on self-reliance in the prevention and treatment of psychiatric disorders?
To answer this complicated question, POINTR collects new data in ~50 adults patients diagnosed with depressive, anxiety or bipolar disorder, who will receive monthly online questionnaires on self-reliance and psychiatric symptoms for a year. These data, and available data from longitudinal cohort studies (NESDA and LASA), will be analyzed using an innovative method called Dynamic Time Warping. This analysis will provide insight into how changes in self-reliance and psychiatric symptoms follow each other in time, and how this temporal ordering differs according to individual characteristics. Furthermore, with the help of three experts-by-experience, this data will be evaluated alongside qualitative interview data on recovery from depression, to achieve recommendations for patients themselves, their close contacts and mental health care providers.
Project members and more information
Dr. Almar Kok (P.I.) (email for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org), Dr. Nadine Paans, Karolin Schwellnus, MSc, Dr. Erik Giltay, Dr. Didi Rhebergen, Prof. Dr. Aartjan Beekman. Experts-by-experience: Marieke van Eijkelen, Judith van der Horst, Mirjam van der Hoek.