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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 58 (2016) 6, 476 - 480

Short report

Leisure-time activity for patients with a psychotic disorder: audiobooks as a useful alternative to reading

S.A.M. Herpers, S.P.A. Rasing, D. Postulart, P. Rooijmans

background Psychotic disorders are frequently associated with reduced concentration. As a result, reading often becomes impossible for patients with a psychotic disorder.
aim To ascertain whether audiobooks can take the place of reading as a leisure activity for patients with a psychotic disorder.
method In a feasibility study we investigated whether patients suffering from a psychotic disorder found listening to audiobooks an enjoyable alternative to reading.
results Fifteen out of 20 participants found listening to audiobooks to be a positive experience.
conclusion When reading becomes impossible for patients with a psychotic disorder, audiobooks could be a useful alternative.

keywords audiobooks, concentration, psychotic disorder, reading