Research activities and presentations :

Our comics were used in a survey of psycho-educational practices in Belgium. Results were or will be presented at the Winter Workshop on Schizophrenia in Davos 2002, at the World Congress Psychiatry in Yokohama 2002 and at the ECNP in Barcelona 2002.

Publication on our efforts : Original approach to combating stigma, Innovative use of popular media to improve public knowledge (M De Hert, EUFAMI Newsletter 7, 10 2001).

Studies on knowledge about psychosis in basic caregivers; family burden; family stigma; effects of psycho-education in patients (all submitted for publication, already presented as poster at conferences).

Wetenschappelijk onderzoek in het kader van onze doelstellingen:

  • Onderzoek naar perceptie van kwaliteit van zorg.
  • Onderzoek naar de kennis van hulpverleners omtrent psychose.
  • Onderzoek naar het meedelen van de diagnose psychose.
  • Onderzoek naar subjectieve kwaliteit van leven bij mensen met psychose.
  • Onderzoek naar de belasting van familieleden van psychotische patiŽnten.
  • Onderzoek naar het mediagebruik van mensen met psychose en de weergave in de media over psychose (Thesis KUL 2003).

    De resultaten van verschillende onderzoeken zijn voorgesteld op congressen en studiedagen en zijn gepubliceerd in nationale en internationale tijdschriften.

    Effects and results :

    Also with our past projects but mainly with our most recent projects we were able to get extensive media attention for psychotic disorders. We have had publications in all major newspapers and weeklies in Belgium. We have appeared together with patients telling their experiences on national and local television.

    A close collaboration has been established with the patient- and family organisations. We fund the patient organisation with royalties of some of our publications.

    Recently we were asked to be part of a special press viewing of 'A beautiful mind' together with patients and family members.