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PELUSO, Érica de Toledo Piza; BARUZZI, Márcia  and  BLAY, Sérgio Luís. The experience of public service users with group psychotherapy: a qualitative study. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 2001, vol.35, n.4, pp.341-348. ISSN 1518-8787.

OBJECTIVE: To assess the experience of public service users in a time-limited psychotherapeutic group dynamic intervention. METHODS: Eleven patients were randomly selected from a group of 52 who had participated in an efficacy study and were interviewed in-depth. Their account was submitted to content analysis, according to the Grounded Theory methodology. RESULTS: In general, patients accepted well and positively evaluated the psychotherapy intervention. The main findings were the importance of patient's interaction with the group participants, and their therapeutic course after the intervention, when most of them carried on with psychotherapy. CONCLUSIONS: The psychotherapeutic intervention was well accepted among the patients, had a favorable outcome and stimulated them to proceed with psychotherapy.

Keywords : Psychotherapy, brief; Psychotherapy, group; Outcome and process assessment (health care); Public sector; Patient acceptance of health care; Interviews; Therapeutic process; Qualitative analysis.

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