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Stress management programme may reduce hospital admissions among people with schizophrenia

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QUESTION: Does improving stress management skills enhance outcomes for people with schizophrenia?


Randomised trial. Assessors were blind to treatment allocation.


One treatment centre in Canada; timeframe not specified.


Participants were 121 people aged between 17 and 50 years with a DSM IIIR diagnosis of schizophrenia. Mean age 34 years; 33% women; mean length of illness 9 years. People were excluded if they were hospitalised or had medication increases in the past 3 months due to exacerbation of acute symptoms.


Participants received either 1) a 12-week group stress management programme with individual follow up sessions, or 2) social activities. The stress management programme focused on muscular relaxation …

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