Objective: A simple, systematic and targeted manualised intervention was developed and applied in the German multicentre randomised controlled trial "Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Needs-Oriented Discharge Planning and Monitoring for High Utilisers of Psychiatric Services" (NODPAM).
Background: Rational of the intervention is outlined. Similarities and differences in comparison with other approaches (Care Programme Approach, "Integrierter Behandlungs- und Rehabilitations plan", Critical Time Intervention) are delineated.
Intervention: The intervention consists of two sessions led by an intervention worker with patient, keyworkers (at inpatient and outpatient services), and - optionally - carer(s) participating. During each intervention session needs identified by the patient are discussed, a treatment plan is developed and subsequently circulated to all participants.
Conclusions: Strengths (high structure, simplicity, compatibility with routine care) and disadvantages (e. g. shortness, insufficient dispersion of time, lack of integration with clinical process) of the intervention are discussed.