Needs-based cognitive-behavioural family intervention for patients suffering from schizophrenia:five-year follow-up of a randomised controlled effectiveness trial

Sellwood, Bill and Wittkowski, Anja and Tarrier, Nicholas and Barrowclough, Christine (2007) Needs-based cognitive-behavioural family intervention for patients suffering from schizophrenia:five-year follow-up of a randomised controlled effectiveness trial. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 116 (6). pp. 447-452. ISSN 1600-0447

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Abstract

Objective:  To determine whether a 24-week, needs-based cognitive-behaviourally oriented family intervention for patients suffering from schizophrenia led to improved relapse profiles over a 5-year follow-up period. Method:  The case notes of 60 patients who had participated in a randomized, controlled effectiveness trial were examined to determine relapse rates over a 5-year period. Results:  Patients were less likely to relapse over the 5-year follow-up when they received the needs-based family intervention, especially in relation to exacerbations of symptoms not requiring inpatient admissions: 86.7% of control participants relapsed compared with 53.3% (P = 0.01). Survival analysis indicated that the relapse risk was 2.5 times higher for patients receiving routine care, compared with those receiving family intervention. A similar trend was observed for the final 4 years of follow-up. Conclusion:  The present study provides some tentative support for the long-term effectiveness of family-based interventions for the management of schizophrenia in general mental health services.

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Journal Article
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Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
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72038
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04 Dec 2014 14:35
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Published
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