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Randomised controlled effectiveness trial of a needs-based psychosocial intervention service for carers of people with schizophrenia

Barrowclough, Christine and Tarrier, Nicholas and Lewis, Shon and Sellwood, William and Mainwaring, John and Quinn, Joanne and Hamlin, Charlotte (1999) Randomised controlled effectiveness trial of a needs-based psychosocial intervention service for carers of people with schizophrenia. British Journal of Psychiatry, 174 (6). pp. 505-511. ISSN 0007-1250

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Abstract

BACKGROUND Family interventions are effective in reducing relapse in patients with schizophrenia, but there is little work demonstrating the effectiveness of the interventions in routine service settings. AIMS To test the effectiveness of a needs-based family intervention service for patients recruited as out-patients and their carers, including those of low expressed emotion status. METHOD Carers of out-patient schizophrenia sufferers selected only on illness history factors were randomly allocated to receive either family support alone or in combination with systematic psychosocial interventions based on an assessment of need. Delivery of family interventions attempted to involve the clinical team. RESULTS Relapse outcomes were superior for family-treated patients at six-month follow-up, although most of the clinical and symptom patient variables assessed remained stable, as did measures of carer burden. CONCLUSIONS The study demonstrated the effectiveness of family interventions in routine service settings. Problems with staff, patient and carer engagement and participation were identified.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Psychiatry
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Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 72500
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 22 Jan 2015 10:14
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2017 05:57
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/72500

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