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Checklist improves communication between doctors and patients and results in changes in care

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Q Does a checklist intervention help people with schizophrenia express their needs and change their care?

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Randomised controlled trial.

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Concealed.

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Open trial.

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Four to six weeks.

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Outpatient clinic visits in seven European centres; timeframe not stated.

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134 people (mean age 41 years, 45% female), with a DSM-IV diagnosis of schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, or schizophreniform disorder, age ⩾18, who were in a stable phase of illness and in regular outpatient contact with their psychiatric care team. 20% of participants were employed and 22% married. Exclusion criteria: current or recent inpatient, or those likely to be admitted to hospital in the near future.

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Usual care; the …

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