Effects of a Mutual Support Group for Chinese Family Caregivers of People With Schizophrenia: A 6 Month Follow-Up

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Title:
Effects of a Mutual Support Group for Chinese Family Caregivers of People With Schizophrenia: A 6 Month Follow-Up
Abstract:
Effects of a Mutual Support Group for Chinese Family Caregivers of People With Schizophrenia: A 6 Month Follow-Up
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2004
Conference Date:July 22-24, 2004
Author:Chien, Wai-Tong, MPhil(CUHK), RMN
P.I. Institution Name:The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Title:Associate Professor
Co-Authors:Sally Chan, PhD, RMN, RNT; Jean Morrissey, MSc, RMN, RGN
Objectives: To compare the effectiveness of a mutual support group with a psycho-educational group and the standard care for families of schizophrenic patients. Design: An experimental repeated-measures design, compared three family carer groups: mutual support (n = 32) and psycho-educational (n = 33) and standard care (n = 31) group. Sample & setting. Participants were selected randomly from two outpatient clinics in Hong Kong. There were 300 outpatients with schizophrenia who fitted the inclusion criteria; they were selected randomly from the patient list. 96 caregivers voluntarily participated and were randomly assigned to study groups. Interventions and outcomes: Three intervention modalities were compared: (a) a 12-session mutual support group employing social support and problem solving principles; (b) a 12-session psycho-educational program began with didactic presentation, followed by group discussion; and (c) conventional services provided by the clinics. Multiple patient and family outcomes were measured using a structured questionnaire. Methods: Outcome data were compared between groups immediately and six-months following intervention on an intention-to-treated basis, using repeated-measures ANOVA. Findings: Mutual support group demonstrated more significant positive changes in family burden, functioning and service utilization in the follow-up, when compared to the other groups. Patients’ level of functioning and hospital stay in mutual support group were also better improved in the follow-up. Conclusions: This mutual support group appears to be a good model of a novel psychosocial intervention within the standard mental health services for schizophrenia and results in measurable clinical benefits to these Chinese patients and their families. Implications: Findings warrant further empirical investigation of this intervention model, preferably with Chinese family caregivers from different socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. The authors thank the support by the Health Care and Promotion Fund, Hospital Authority Hong Kong (#216020) for the study and Shaw College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong for attending this conference.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
22-Jul-2004
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleEffects of a Mutual Support Group for Chinese Family Caregivers of People With Schizophrenia: A 6 Month Follow-Upen_GB
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dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Effects of a Mutual Support Group for Chinese Family Caregivers of People With Schizophrenia: A 6 Month Follow-Up</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2004</td></tr><tr class="item-conference-date"><td class="label">Conference Date:</td><td class="value">July 22-24, 2004</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Chien, Wai-Tong, MPhil(CUHK), RMN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">The Chinese University of Hong Kong</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">wtchien@cuhk.edu.hk</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Sally Chan, PhD, RMN, RNT; Jean Morrissey, MSc, RMN, RGN</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Objectives: To compare the effectiveness of a mutual support group with a psycho-educational group and the standard care for families of schizophrenic patients. Design: An experimental repeated-measures design, compared three family carer groups: mutual support (n = 32) and psycho-educational (n = 33) and standard care (n = 31) group. Sample &amp; setting. Participants were selected randomly from two outpatient clinics in Hong Kong. There were 300 outpatients with schizophrenia who fitted the inclusion criteria; they were selected randomly from the patient list. 96 caregivers voluntarily participated and were randomly assigned to study groups. Interventions and outcomes: Three intervention modalities were compared: (a) a 12-session mutual support group employing social support and problem solving principles; (b) a 12-session psycho-educational program began with didactic presentation, followed by group discussion; and (c) conventional services provided by the clinics. Multiple patient and family outcomes were measured using a structured questionnaire. Methods: Outcome data were compared between groups immediately and six-months following intervention on an intention-to-treated basis, using repeated-measures ANOVA. Findings: Mutual support group demonstrated more significant positive changes in family burden, functioning and service utilization in the follow-up, when compared to the other groups. Patients&rsquo; level of functioning and hospital stay in mutual support group were also better improved in the follow-up. Conclusions: This mutual support group appears to be a good model of a novel psychosocial intervention within the standard mental health services for schizophrenia and results in measurable clinical benefits to these Chinese patients and their families. Implications: Findings warrant further empirical investigation of this intervention model, preferably with Chinese family caregivers from different socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. The authors thank the support by the Health Care and Promotion Fund, Hospital Authority Hong Kong (#216020) for the study and Shaw College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong for attending this conference.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T11:08:47Z-
dc.date.issued2004-07-22en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T11:08:47Z-
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