Luis Falcato

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BACKGROUND Mental health literacy has been defined as the public's knowledge and the beliefs about mental disorders enhancing the ability to recognise specific disorders. AIMS Firstly, to determine whether the public recognises a person depicted in a vignette as mentally ill or as experiencing a crisis. Secondly, to reveal the factors influencing the(More)
Background: When identifying ways to reduce stigmatization because of mental illness it is crucial to understand contributing factors. Social distance—the willingness to engage in relationships of varying intimacy with a person—is an indicator of public attitudes toward persons with mental illness. Methods: Multiple linear regression analysis of the results(More)
Background Beliefs about the helpfulness of interventions are influencing the individual help-seeking behavior in case of mental illnesses. It is important to identify these beliefs as professional helpers are asked to consider them in their treatment recommendations. Objective Assessing lay proposals for an appropriate treatment of mental illnesses.(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the influence of demographic, psychological, sociological and cultural variables on the public acceptance of restrictions on mentally ill people. METHOD Multiple logistic regression analysis of the results of an opinion survey conducted on a representative sample in the German, French and Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. RESULTS(More)
SUMMARY Reluctance has been expressed about treating chronic hepatitis C in active intravenous (IV) drug users (IDUs), and this is found in both international guidelines and routine clinical practice. However, the medical literature provides no evidence for an unequivocal treatment deferral of this risk group. We retrospectively analyzed the direct effect(More)
Despite controversial discussions in the general population, little is known about the public's attitude toward electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). We examined in a representative opinion survey (N=1737) (1) whether the lay public views ECT as an appropriate treatment for schizophrenia and depression, and (2) how demographic, psychological, sociological, and(More)
AIMS To assess the impact of the closure of an open drug scene on the demand for methadone maintenance treatment (MMT). DESIGN Interrupted time series analysis of case register-based data of all MMTs performed in the canton of Zurich (Switzerland) between June 16 1992 and July 7 1997. SETTING Five private and 14 state-controlled institutions as well as(More)
OBJECTIVE Assessing lay beliefs about causes of depressive behaviour and analysing the influence of labelling and demographic factors on causal attributions. METHOD In Switzerland we conducted a representative telephone survey with 873 interviewees. A vignette depicting a man with depression satisfying the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM)-III-R(More)
BACKGROUND Adherence to hepatitis C treatment is influenced by alcohol as is the action of interferon; yet the clinical significance of the latter remains unclear. The aim of our study was to investigate the influence of ongoing alcohol intake on sustained viral response (SVR) rates in adherent patients receiving hepatitis C treatment. METHODS A(More)
Mental health literacy has been defined as the public’s knowledge and the beliefs about mental disorders enhancing the ability to recognise specific disorders. Firstly, to determine whether the public recognises a person depicted in a vignette as mentally ill or as experiencing a crisis. Secondly, to reveal the factors influencing the correct recognition.(More)