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Br J Psychiatry. 1994 Apr;164(4):501-6.

Behavioural family management in schizophrenia. Outcome of a clinic-based intervention.

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  • 1West Los Angeles VAMC (Veterans Administration Medical Center), CA 90073.


To test further the highly successful outcomes of a controlled study of in-home behavioural family management (BFM) for schizophrenic patients, a clinic-based version of this intervention was compared with customary care alone for 41 schizophrenic patients in a Veterans Administration (VA) mental health clinic. Monthly Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS) ratings, conducted by clinic psychiatrists who were 'blind' to the patients' assignment, revealed that 3 (14%) patients who received behavioural family management as well as customary care, as compared with 11 (55%) patients who received customary care alone, had symptomatic exacerbations during the first year of treatment.

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