Psychotherapy: evidence for its importance in recovery from schizophrenia

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Title: Psychotherapy: evidence for its importance in recovery from schizophrenia
Authors: Carr, Alan
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/5558
Date: Jul-2008
Abstract: Clients with schizophrenia should be offered multimodal treatment programmes which integrate effective pharmacological and psychotherapeutic  interventions. In this paper evidence is reviewed which shows, unequivocally, that psychotherapeutic and psychological interventions improve recovery from schizophrenia. These interventions  include psychoeducational family therapy to promote family support, medication adherence and prevent relapse; cognitive behaviour therapy to help clients manage residual positive symptoms; social skills training to enhance social competence and reduce social isolation; cognitive rehabilitation to help clients overcome or compensate for cognitive deficits; and individual placement and support or supported employment to promote vocational adjustment.  Where service users have difficulty retaining contact with routine outpatient services, treatment should be offered by an assertive community treatment team. These conclusions are broadly consistent with the importance accorded to psychological interventions for schizophrenia in international best practice guidelines
Type of material: Technical Report
Publisher: Schizophrenia Ireland
Copyright (published version): 2008 the author
Keywords: Psychotherapy;Schizophrenia
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Is part of: A. Byrne Lynch, J. Saunders, P. Seager, K. Thompson-Coyle (eds.). Talking about Talking Therapies: Psychotherapy and Psychosis (Schizophrenia Ireland Occasional Paper 5)
Appears in Collections:Psychology Research Collection

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