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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 47  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 218-221

Family education in schizophrenia: A comparison of two approaches

Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF), Chennai, India

Correspondence Address:
R Thara
Schizophrenia Research Foundation (India), R/7A, North Main Road, West Anna Nagar Extension, Chennai 600101
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.43056

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Background: Family education programme (FEP) for families of persons with schizophrenia is practised in several centres as a part of patient- and family-related services. Aim: This paper describes two models of FEP conducted at the Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF), Chennai. Methods: The first programme was a part of a research study and was structured utilizing standard evaluation instruments. The second was flexible and tailored to the needs of the family members. Results: After the first programme, the psychopathology of patients and the burden of caregiving on primary caregivers did not show any significant difference but there was a significant gain in caregivers' knowledge with information and experience sharing. Most families seemed to prefer the second programme, which recorded better attendance and participation. Conclusion: Informal educational sessions with periodic 'across-the-table' re-inforcers may be more effective and practical in the Indian setting.



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