MULTI-FAMILY GROUP INTERVENTION in A PROGRAMME for PATIENTS WITH FIRST-EPISODE PSYCHOSIS: A BRAZILIAN EXPERIENCE

MULTI-FAMILY GROUP INTERVENTION in A PROGRAMME for PATIENTS WITH FIRST-EPISODE PSYCHOSIS: A BRAZILIAN EXPERIENCE

Author Fabri Cabral, Rita Regina Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Chaves, Ana Cristina Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Abstract Background: Patients' relatives are considered crucial for treatment and recovery in psychosis but family intervention studies have shown contradictory results in first-episode psychosis. the aims of this study were to survey caregivers' satisfaction with the multi-family intervention delivered by our programme and to verify if knowledge acquisition about illness and treatment provided by the family intervention was considered enough and understandable.Methods: Sixty five family members of 46 first-episode patients were invited to answer a satisfaction questionnaire about the intervention.Results: Forty individuals returned the questionnaire: 31 women (77.5%) and nine men (22.5%). Most (82.5%) had daily contact with the patient and 19 (47.5%) were mothers. Regarding knowledge acquisition, approximately one third did not improve their understanding of the illness. Nonetheless, 90% of the participants believed the meetings helped them to cope with their ill relative and 95% approved the multi-family format.Conclusions: Non-specific aspects of the intervention were seen as the most useful part of the programme. An important target of treatment would be to improve the way in which the specific psychoeducational components are delivered to individuals with low formal education.
Keywords first-episode psychosis
family intervention
psychoeducation
schizophrenia
early psychosis
early intervention
Language English
Date 2010-09-01
Published in International Journal of Social Psychiatry. London: Sage Publications Ltd, v. 56, n. 5, p. 527-532, 2010.
ISSN 0020-7640 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd
Extent 527-532
Origin http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0020764009102754
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000281678300008
URI http://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/32898

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