Psychoeducation for Schizophrenia in the Czech Republic: Curriculum Modification Based on Opinions of Service Users and Providers.

Psychoeducation for Schizophrenia in the Czech Republic: Curriculum Modification Based on Opinions of Service Users and Providers.

Acad Psychiatry. 2014 Nov 22;

Authors: Bankovská Motlová L, Dragomirecká E, Blabolová A, Spaniel F, Slováková A

Abstract
OBJECTIVE: The authors examined current knowledge about psychoeducation for schizophrenia in Czech Republic.
METHODS: The authors sent a screening survey to 550 mental health-care facilities and administered a detailed questionnaire to 113 providers of mental health and social services and to 200 service users. The authors also carried out 14 focus groups and 16 individual interviews.
RESULTS: Forty-six departments provided some type of psychoeducation for schizophrenia; of these, 16 provided family psychoeducation for patients and relatives and 1 provided psychoeducation only for relatives. Service users who received psychoeducation performed significantly better in the test of knowledge than did service users who did not receive psychoeducation.
CONCLUSION: The authors propose a service user-driven curriculum based on information delivery followed by skills training. Psychiatrists should learn to explain schizophrenia relapse neurobiology to laypeople and to address relatives' frustrations.

PMID: 25416609 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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