Integration of Refugees Into Public Mental Health Care

  • End date
    Jun 30, 2024
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    University of Konstanz
Updated on 16 April 2021


There are specific barriers to utilise psychotherapeutic services for refugees with mental health problems in the German public health care system. This study aims to evaluate additional organisational components that are hypothesised to improve service utilisation.

In a randomised controlled trial, refugees with mental health problems are identified by peers, subsequently assessed by professional staff and referred to public psychotherapeutic health services who offer standard care. Participants are assigned to care as usual or to "coordinated and peer supported mental health care"; the latter includes several additional organisational assistance components, i.e. a coordination center, trained peers to support treatment utilisation, a support and training center for therapists, and a interpreter pool. Measures include service utilisation and symptom change after 6 months. Furthermore the study evaluates whether trained peers can correctly identify participants with mental health problems.

Condition Psychiatric Disorders From Chapters 3 and 4 of ICD10
Treatment "coordinated and peer supported mental health care", "standard psychotherapeutic care in the public healthcare system"
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04832035
SponsorUniversity of Konstanz
Last Modified on16 April 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Psychiatric diagnosis from Chapters 3 and 4 of ICD10
Participant applied for asylum in Germany
Entry to Germany after 2012
Participants is motivated to utilise psychotherapeutic services
Patient speaks one of the languages in which services are offered (i.e. German, English, French, Arabic, Kurdish, Dari, Farsi, Urdu, Pashto, Tirginya, Somali)

Exclusion Criteria

Mental disorder that requires inpatient treatment
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