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The therapist-spiritist training project in Puerto Rico: an experiment to relate the traditional healing system to the public health system.

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Source
Soc Sci Med Med Anthropol. 1980 Nov;14B(4):255-66
Publication Type
Article
Date
Nov-1980

Expectations and outcomes for patients given mental health care or spiritist healing in Puerto Rico.

https://arctichealth.org/en/permalink/ahliterature235736
Source
Am J Psychiatry. 1987 Jan;144(1):56-61
Publication Type
Article
Date
Jan-1987
Author
J D Koss
Source
Am J Psychiatry. 1987 Jan;144(1):56-61
Date
Jan-1987
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Adult
Aged
Attitude to Health
Community Mental Health Centers
Ethnic Groups
Female
Health Services, Indigenous
Humans
Male
Mental Disorders - psychology - therapy
Mental Healing
Middle Aged
Outcome and Process Assessment (Health Care)
Psychotherapy
Puerto Rico - ethnology
Abstract
In Puerto Rico, spiritism offers a traditional alternative to community mental health services. The author compares reported expectations and outcomes of mental health center patients and patients of spiritist healers. The spiritists' patients reported significantly higher expectations, especially for mood and feeling complaints. Both patient groups had a similar duration and severity of symptoms. The outcome ratings of spiritists' patients were significantly better than those of therapists', but this difference could be accounted for by the higher expectations of the spiritists' patients. With these exceptions, the findings do not account for the selection of one type of treatment over the other.
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