Objective: An increased understanding of repetitive dysfunctional patterns and their relationship to an individual’s life history is regarded as a key mechanism of change in insight-oriented therapies. At the same time, empirical research on the insight-outcome relationship is rare, and its generalizability is restricted by the use of a wide range of definitions and methods among studies. The authors conducted a meta-analysis to systematically examine the association between patient insight and psychotherapy outcome across a range of treatment modalities.
Method: Insight was defined as patients’ understanding of associations between past and present experiences, typical relationship patterns, and the relation between interpersonal challenges, emotional experience, and psychological symptoms. From 13,849 initially identified abstracts, the authors extracted 23 independent effect sizes. A random-effects meta-analysis was performed to assess the magnitude of the insight-outcome relationship. Risk of publication bias was assessed with funnel plot inspections, Egger’s regression test, and Duval and Tweedie’s trim-and-fill procedure as sensitivity analyses.
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The participant will illustrate how the concept of insight can influence and predict outcomes in psychotherapy.
This program is designed for all psychiatrists in clinical practice, residents in Graduate Medical Education programs, medical students interested in psychiatry, and other physicians who wish to advance their current knowledge of clinical medicine.
Estimated Time to Complete
Duration: 1 hour
Begin Date: October 1, 2018
End Date: September 30, 2020
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Faculty and Planner Disclosures
Title: Association Between Insight and Outcome of Psychotherapy: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Authors: Simone Jennissen, M.Sc., Julia Huber, M.Sc., Johannes C. Ehrenthal, Ph.D., Henning Schauenburg, M.D., Ulrike Dinger, D.Sc., M.D.
Affiliations: From the Department of General Internal Medicine and Psychosomatics and the Institute of Medical Psychology, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany (S.J., J.H., J.C.E., H.S., U.D.).
Disclosures: The authors report no financial relationships with commercial interests.
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