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Perspect Psychiatr Care. 2010 Jan;46(1):48-55. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6163.2009.00237.x.

What community living problems do persons with schizophrenia report during periods of stability?

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  • 1University of Tennessee College of Nursing, Knoxville, TN, USA. lbeebe1@utk.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:

This article describes problems reported by persons with schizophrenia while stable.

DESIGN AND METHODS:

This descriptive study followed 12 outpatients with at least 6 months without psychiatric hospitalization for 3 months in the community. FINDINGS. The most frequently reported problems were missed appointments and loneliness. Anxiety was the most commonly reported psychiatric symptom. No participant reported any psychotic symptoms, but participants reported conflict at home.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:

Medication- and appointment-adherence monitoring are ongoing priorities, as are the provision of interventions designed to support adherence. Stable persons with schizophrenia are poised to garner maximum benefit from support like family education and social skills training.

PMID:
20051078
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