Background: The chronic patient experiences a persistent condition of stress which makes it very difficult to maintain constructive reactions to the illness. The responsiveness of the environment is decisive: it may be supportive insomuch as it reinforces the adaptive characteristics of the subject, or it may challenge some areas of personal expression, taking on the dimension of ‘patient’ as the only terrain for communication with the subject. Materials and methods: Support groups were created consisting of a psychologist, a clinician, a dietician and 12 patients; a service of individual psychotherapy was installed, and lastly a weekly autogenic training programme. Results: The group defined itself as a dynamic whole, the essence of which was in the intercommunication; the subjects involved felt they could speak with greater ease of their own emotive experiences, of their social and family relationships. The exchange of information allows deeper insight into the illness and permits a more suitable reformulation of the strategies needed to address it. Conclusions: This type of intervention permitted a greater emotive involvement in educational terms towards the suggestions of the team. The benefits reported by the patients were described as follows: the security of having someone to turn to, a greater capacity to accept one’s own situation, the reinforcing of self-esteem and of autonomy, the awareness of being able to participate actively in the positive outcome of the therapies, a more conscious presence in the personal and social relations and lastly, a more appropriate use of the sanitary and social services.

Psychoeducational intervention based on groupwork in diabetic subjects

Conversano C;MATTEUCCI, ELENA;GIAMPIETRO, OTTAVIO
2008

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Background: The chronic patient experiences a persistent condition of stress which makes it very difficult to maintain constructive reactions to the illness. The responsiveness of the environment is decisive: it may be supportive insomuch as it reinforces the adaptive characteristics of the subject, or it may challenge some areas of personal expression, taking on the dimension of ‘patient’ as the only terrain for communication with the subject. Materials and methods: Support groups were created consisting of a psychologist, a clinician, a dietician and 12 patients; a service of individual psychotherapy was installed, and lastly a weekly autogenic training programme. Results: The group defined itself as a dynamic whole, the essence of which was in the intercommunication; the subjects involved felt they could speak with greater ease of their own emotive experiences, of their social and family relationships. The exchange of information allows deeper insight into the illness and permits a more suitable reformulation of the strategies needed to address it. Conclusions: This type of intervention permitted a greater emotive involvement in educational terms towards the suggestions of the team. The benefits reported by the patients were described as follows: the security of having someone to turn to, a greater capacity to accept one’s own situation, the reinforcing of self-esteem and of autonomy, the awareness of being able to participate actively in the positive outcome of the therapies, a more conscious presence in the personal and social relations and lastly, a more appropriate use of the sanitary and social services.
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