Is psychosocial treatment for schizophrenia effective?

Updated: Mar 16, 2018
  • Author: Frances R Frankenburg, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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A large study from China demonstrated the advantages of medication plus psychosocial intervention over medication alone. [115] In the psychosocial intervention arm, each month patients and their families received 1 day of 4 types of evidence-based interventions: psychoeducation, family intervention, skills training, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. After 1 year, the patients in the group receiving the extra interventions were more compliant with their medications, had fewer rehospitalizations, and experienced better quality of life.

Cognitive remediation, vocational rehabilitation, assertive community treatment, and family intervention are reviewed.

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