What is it about?

The authors discuss the relevance of humanized treatment in the care of people with psychiatric diagnoses. The humanization of care, which implies a respectful and supportive relationship, could be an excellent way to evaluate the effectiveness of anti-stigma interventions. This requires reliable and valid instruments. The authors develop a Humanized Care Behaviors in Health Personnel Scale. It is based on 16 items with two factors ("supported behaviors" and "comfortability"). Implications for practice, education/training and future research are also discussed.

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Why is it important?

The development of the humanized care behaviors in health personnel scale, aimed to address the absence of tools for assessing healthcare professionals' stigma towards individuals diagnosed with severe mental disorders, specifically focusing on tangible behaviors rather than just attitudes or behavioral intentions. The scale exhibited good psychometric properties, indicating its usefulness in evaluating nonstigmatized and humanized behavior toward people with mental disorders.


The writing of this article has been a considerable academic delight, by virtue of the collaboration with co-authors with whom I have maintained a long-standing intellectual association. This writing has led to a substantial immersion in the field of stigma associated with health professionals, culminating in the development of a measurement scale that focuses on behaviors displayed in the course of mental health care. This instrument significantly complements previously existing conventional assessments of attitudes and prejudices, thus enriching the understanding and comprehensive evaluation of this phenomenon in the context of medical practice.

Pamela Grandon
Universidad de Concepcion

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This page is a summary of: Development and evaluation of psychometric properties of the Humanized Care Behaviors in Health Personnel Scale., Professional Psychology Research and Practice, December 2023, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/pro0000549.
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