Comunicación abierta entre profesionales de la salud mental y padres de pacientes con discapacidad intelectual

Angélica Ángeles-Llerenas, Rosalinda Domínguez-Esponda, Gregorio Katz-Guss, Claudia Iveth Astudillo-García, Rocío Rodríguez-Valentín, Eduardo Madrigal-de León, Luis Salvador-Carulla, Eduardo Lazcano-Ponce

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Objective. To estimate the factors associated with open communication between mental health professionals and parents of patients with intellectual disabilities and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Materials and methods. Cross-sectional survey in 759 mental health professionals. The association between the pattern of open communication and the attributes of communication was estimated through a logistic, ordinal, multivariate model. Results. The prevalence of the pattern of open communication in mental health professionals was 30.6% (95%CI 27.4-34.0). The associated factors were younger age (RM=2.42, 95% Cl 1.57-3.75), specialty (RM= 1.56, 95%CI 1.09-2.23), high value to the truth (RM= 4.95,95% Cl 3.21-7.65), low paternalism (RM= 10.93, 95%CI 7.22-16.52) and courses in bioethics (RM= 1.45, 95%CI 1.01-2.09), adjusted for confusing variables. Conclusion. Mental health professionals reported low levels of open communication with parents of people with neurovelopmental disorders, so prioritizing the value to the truth, promoting less paternalism, and respecting the autonomy of patients, can contribute to changing these patterns of communication in clinical practice in Mexico.

Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)494-503
Number of pages10
JournalSalud Publica de Mexico
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2020
Externally publishedYes

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