Feasibility of Telehealth Psychoeducation in Patients With Schizophrenia and Their Families

Researchers sought to assess if telehealth psychoeducation intervention was feasible for patients with schizophrenia along with their family members. In this randomized control trial, researchers enrolled 30 patients with schizophrenia and 21 family members or informal persons of support who then participated in group therapy and education through a web-based psychoeducation program. Perceived stress and social support were the measures for those with schizophrenia, and disease-related distress and perceived social support were measures for family members. In those with schizophrenia, it was seen that those in the intervention group experienced lower perceived stress (p=.04), as well as higher perceived amounts of social support (p=.06). It was concluded that telehealth psychosocial treatments showed feasibility in those with schizophrenia and their family members.

Reference: Rotondi AJ, Haas GL, Anderson CM, et al. A Clinical Trial to Test the Feasibility of a Telehealth Psychoeducational Intervention for Persons With Schizophrenia and Their Families: Intervention and 3-Month Findings. Rehabil Psychol. 2005;50(4):325-336. doi:10.1037/0090-5550.50.4.325

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