Needs-based cognitive-behavioural family intervention forcarers of patients suffering from schizophrenia: 12-monthfollow-up.

W Sellwood, C Barrowclough, N Tarrier, J Quinn, J Mainwaring, S. Lewis

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    OBJECTIVE: To examine longer-termeffectiveness of a needs-based family intervention for carers andout-patients suffering from schizophrenia. METHOD: Seventy-nine unselectedpatient-carer pairs were recruited from a geographical area and allocatedrandomly to one of two conditions. One group received needs-basedcognitive-behavioural family intervention in combination with generalfamily support plus the standard care. The control group received thegeneral family support and standard care only. RESULTS: Analysis wascarried out on an intention-to-treat basis. There was a significantadvantage for family intervention, in terms of relapse (37% relapsedcompared to 72%, NNT=3) and on other clinical measures. Treatment groupand medication compliance were significant and independent predictors ofrelapse. There was a significant reduction in carer needs in theintervention group. CONCLUSION: Family intervention directed at carers'needs within a standard mental health service can produce benefits forpatients beyond the term of intervention.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalActa Psychiatr Scand
    Volume104( 5)
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2001


    • Adult
    • psychology: Caregivers
    • Cognitive Therapy
    • Community Mental Health Services
    • Family Therapy
    • Female
    • Human
    • Male
    • Middle Age
    • Needs Assessment
    • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
    • rehabilitation: Schizophrenia
    • Schizophrenic Psychology
    • Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
    • Treatment Outcome


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