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Table 4 Perceived helpfulness of interventions for psychosis vignette (n = 208)

From: Mental health literacy among pediatric hospital staff in the United Arab Emirates

Intervention Helpful Harmful Neither Most Helpfula
Treatments and activities
 Getting information about the problem and available services 87.4 11.7 1.0 8.6
 Psychotherapy focusing on changing thoughts and behaviours (cognitive behaviour therapy) 78.6 19.4 1.9 41.4
 Psychotherapy focusing on relationships with others 74.4 22.7 2.9 2.9
 Psychotherapy focusing on causes that stem from the past 73.0 25.5 1.5 7.1
 Reading the Koran or Bible 72.5 25.5 2.0 5.7
 Getting out and about more/finding some new hobbies 63.5 33.0 3.4 1.4
 Relaxation (e.g. having a massage) 60.9 38.2 1.0 4.3
 Admission to a psychiatric hospital 57.8 37.7 4.4 17.1
 Have a prayer session or reading with a religious leader 56.8 42.2 1.0 2.9
 Improving diet and/or getting more exercise 54.4 44.7 1.0 0.0
 Just talking about the problem (e.g. to a family member or close friend) 52.7 39.8 7.5 2.9
 Reading a self-help book 43.1 49.5 7.4 1.4
 Hypnosis 37.1 56.2 6.7 2.9
 Trying to deal with the problem on her own 26.3 39.0 34.6 1.4
 Traditional therapies (e.g. herbs, honey, black cumin seed, olive oil, dates, cupping - Hijama) 23.6 71.4 4.9 0.0
 Drinking alcohol to relax 6.3 22.2 71.5 0.0
Medicine Type
 Anti-psychotic medication (eg Seroquel) 76.0 22.5 1.5 49.5
 Anti-depressant medication (e.g. Prozac) 65.4 32.2 2.4 24.2
 Medication to help you relax (e.g. Xanax, Valium) 59.1 36.9 4.0 21.6
 Vitamins and minerals (e.g. Vitamin C) 50.0 48.0 2.0 4.7
Person/Service
 Psychologist 83.9 0.0 16.1 27.4
 Psychiatrist 83.7 1.0 15.3 46.6
 Community mental health worker/team (e.g. social worker, mental health nurse) 78.4 1.0 20.6 5.5
 Family member 64.0 2.5 33.5 4.1
 Religious person or priest 61.2 3.4 35.4 2.7
 Family or local doctor 55.9 1.0 43.1 2.7
 Homeland social group/club 54.7 1.5 43.8 0.0
 Close male friend 46.6 3.9 49.5 5.5
 Community religious organization 45.0 2.5 52.5 2.7
 Telephone counseling 36.6 5.9 57.4 1.4
 Close female friend 24.5 5.0 70.5 1.4
  1. aPercentage of sample rating the specific intervention item as ‘the most helpful’ for treating problem described in vignett