[Treatment results from inpatient psychosomatic rehabilitation of Turkish migrants: a prospective study]

Gesundheitswesen. 2006 Mar;68(3):147-53. doi: 10.1055/s-2006-926548.
[Article in German]


Psychosomatic rehabilitation and the concluding social-medical assessment constitute a particular challenge. The aim of this study was to examine whether inpatient psychosomatic rehabilitation in the context of an integrated treatment concept, conducted in Turkish and German, is effective in the rehabilitation of Turkish migrant laborers, and what concluding socio-medical assessment results from this treatment. 195 Turkish patients--44 male and 151 female--received inpatient psychosomatic treatment for approximately 40 days. Sociodemographic, psychiatric and social-medical data were recorded, as well as Symptom Checklist (SCL-90-R) testing upon admission and discharge. A predominant number of patients were laborers, with a low level of primary education, who were afflicted with psychosocial problems and dissatisfaction with their workplace and who first came into psychosomatic treatment many years following the onset of their illness. Many of them had a clearly defined desire to retire. At the end of their admission, a significant improvement in almost all the scales of the SCL-R-90 was ascertained on the one hand, but on the other, adequate socio-medical results were hardly observed. The symptoms' improvement would confirm that the combination of service offerings in Turkish and German proved themselves. A portion of the patients (approx. 40 %) were classified subsequent to treatment as capable of working for 6 hours or more. Nevertheless, approximately approx. 75 % still sought to retire. Timely psychosomatic treatment could counteract chronification of the illness and the establishment of a steadfast desire to enter retirement, and consequently represent an improvement in the prognosis. Likewise, consistent psychosomatic training of physicians, as well as systematic prophylactic measures with the migrant laborers, should be considered.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Emigration and Immigration*
  • Ethnicity / psychology*
  • Female
  • Germany
  • Humans
  • Insurance, Disability
  • Length of Stay
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Motivation
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Patient Admission*
  • Prognosis
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / ethnology
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / psychology
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / rehabilitation*
  • Rehabilitation, Vocational
  • Turkey / ethnology