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Gaigl, Gabriele; Täumer, Esther; Allgöwer, Andreas; Becker, Thomas; Breilmann, Johanna; Falkai, Peter; Gühne, Uta; Kilian, Reinhold; Riedel-Heller, Steffi G.; Ajayi, Klemens; Baumgärtner, Jessica; Brieger, Peter; Frasch, Karel; Heres, Stephan; Jäger, Markus; Küthmann, Andreas; Putzhammer, Albert; Schneeweiß, Bertram; Schwarz, Michael; Kösters, Markus; Hasan, Alkomiet (2022): The role of migration in mental healthcare: treatment satisfaction and utilization. BMC Psychiatry, 22: 116. ISSN 1471-244X

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Migration rates increase globally and require an adaption of national mental health services to the needs of persons with migration background. Therefore, we aimed to identify differences between persons with and without migratory background regarding (1) treatment satisfaction, (2) needed and received mental healthcare and (3) utilization of mental healthcare.

In the context of a cross-sectional multicenter study, inpatients and day hospital patients of psychiatric settings in Southern Germany with severe affective and non-affective psychoses were included. Patients’ satisfaction with and their use of mental healthcare services were assessed by VSSS-54 and CSSRI-EU; patients’ needs were measured via CAN-EU.

In total, 387 participants (migratory background: n = 72; 19%) provided sufficient responses for analyses. Migrant patients were more satisfied with the overall treatment in the past year compared to non-migrant patients. No differences between both groups were identified in met and unmet treatment needs and use of supply services (psychiatric, psychotherapeutic, and psychosocial treatment).

Despite a comparable degree of met and unmet treatment needs and mental health service use among migrants and non-migrants, patients with migration background showed higher overall treatment satisfaction compared to non-migrants. The role of sociocultural and migrant-related factors may explain our findings.

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