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Schizophrenia patients could benefit from treatment for relatives


Treatment focused on changing the behaviour of relatives of schizophrenia patients may help those with the condition, according to a Cochrane review.

Researchers from Oxford and Buckinghamshire Mental Health Foundation Trust and Sheffield University said they found schizophrenia patients were more likely to relapse if they came from families where they experienced high levels of criticism and hostility.

They reviewed data from 53 trials which looked at psychological interventions focusing on helping families as well as patients.

The authors said family interventions led to a significant decrease in relapses and admissions compared with controls.


Readers' comments (4)

  • Family systems and integrated therapy are the current treatments for patients with schizophrenia and their families which have been practices for a considerable length of time. It goes without saying that where possible the family is involved in the ongoing therapy of the patient with schizophrenia. the NT seems to be very behind the times in publishing its articles.

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  • It is important to include families in supporting the patient who has been diagnosed as schizophrenia. At the end of the day it is the families and carers who will care for them when they are discharged. We should involve them from the time they are admitted to the time they are discharged. We as nurses are not very good at this. Cares and families need information and understanding and need new skills to support their loved ones when they are discharged. As a CPN I used Behavioural Family Therapy(BFT) skills to support patients and families to overcome and deal with difficulties as a family - team. They families found this very useful because they had a better understanding about how to care and the patient felt he was supported by the family which helps him towards recovery.
    This intervention and training is provided by Meriden in the West Midlands. All nurses should be trained in this intervention so they have the confidence to work with patient and families in what ever field of nursing. BFT gives a structure in how to support the families rather then being reactive to crisis.

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  • Congratulations Nursing Times for your successful transition from the Dark Ages. I have been managing and providing Carers Psycho-Educational Interventions for about 20 years.

    Can I however suggest

    Firstle, instant dimissal of your editorial team for their headline in this article. Familes will be scared off my suggesting they need treatment, and you'll put our work back decades my implying 'families are to blame'. I dred to think how the general press will interpret your ill thought out headlines.

    Secondly, Nursing running a petition campaing to save the country billions in this difficult financial time. 'Make all the researches that tell us the bleeding obvious get a proper job'.

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  • From Anonymous | 14-Nov-2010 10:25 am

    To Anonymous | 15-Nov-2010 10:52 am

    Well done for your comments above. I have also berated NT editors a couple of times for changing the headlines on MH articles I have written replacing them with totally unsuitable ones which are irrelevant and have changed the whole point of the article! I have not been slow in pointing this out to them.

    I also get tired of articles on research findings which are obvious and from programmes which have probably cost a significant amount of money which could have been better spent on direct patient care. Either these researchers should be using their skills to look after patients or they are not medically or nursing qualified, or else I could also get one of these highly paid coochy (? spelling, can't find it in the Oxford) jobs for doing little.

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