Document Type : Research Paper
Associate professor of child and adolescent psychiatry, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Research Center, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran
Ph.D. in clinical psychology, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Research Center, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran
Instructor of Department of Health, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran
Introduction: Work at a psychiatric hospital and its associated pressures can lead to anxiety and depression in personnel, which affects the quality of care provided to psychiatric patients. The present study aimed to assess the effect of integrated group therapy on clinical syndrome in these personnel.
Materials and Methods: Among personnel of Ibn-e-Sina hospital who were willing to participate in the study, cases with higher score than cut point in Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS) were selected and they divided into control (n=25) and experimental groups (n=25) randomly. The experimental group received 12 weekly sessions of integrated group therapy and the control group assembled in a group. At the end of sessions, all cases fulfilled DASS again. The data analyzed through descriptive statistics, t-test and SPSS software.
Results: The results showed that the total scores of DASS in the experimental group had a significant decrease compared to the control group (P=0.006). The subscales of anxiety and depression decreased significantly (P=0.001 and P=0.015, respectively), but there was no significant difference in the subscale of stress (P=0.10).
Conclusion: It seems that integrated group therapy can reduce depression and anxiety in personnel of psychiatric hospital.