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Feasibility of the Psychiatric Research Interview for Substance and Mental Disorders (PRISM) in an acute psychiatric ward

  • Valborg Helseth (a1) (a2), Sharon Samet (a3), Jon Johnsen (a2), Jørgen G Bramness (a1) (a4) and Helge Waal (a1) (a5)...

Background: The highly prevalent comorbidity of substance use disorders and psychiatric disorders represents challenges concerning diagnosis and treatment in acute psychiatric wards.

Aims: To study the feasibility of the first Norwegian version of the Psychiatric Research Interview for Substance and Mental Disorders (PRISM) in an acute psychiatric ward.

Methods: 61 consecutively admitted substance abusing patients, presenting with mood symptoms, psychotic symptoms, or both, were interviewed. Assessments included variables concerning the way the interviews were carried out.

Results: 51% of eligible patients were interviewed. The main reason for non-inclusion was short stay on the ward. Median interview time was 155 minutes and median number of interview sessions was three.

Conclusion: It was possible to use the PRISM in a busy acute psychiatric ward. Patients mainly had positive reactions to this extensive interview.

Corresponding author
Correspondence to: Dr Valborg Helseth, Norwegian Centre for Addiction Research, Kirkeveien 166, N-0407 Oslo, Norway. E-mail:
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