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Multiple family group treatment reduces distress for caregivers of people with schizophrenia

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Q Does multiple family group treatment reduce stress and increase psychosocial resources in family caregivers of people with schizophrenia?

METHODS

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Randomised controlled trial.

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Concealed.

Embedded ImageBlinding:

Nature of intervention precludes blinding of participants; blinding of assessors not stated.

Embedded ImageFollow up period:

Two years.

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A large community mental health centre in Washington State, USA; 1996 to 2001.

Embedded ImagePatients:

Ninety seven people living in the community (mean age 32 years) with schizophrenia (64), schizoaffective disorder (32), or other psychotic disorders (1) according to DSM-IV criteria. Their corresponding family-member caregivers were mothers (69), siblings (12), spouses/partners (7), children (3), other (4; data missing for two participants).

Embedded ImageIntervention:

Participants were randomised to multiple family group treatment (53) or usual …

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