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by Dr Juliana
Onwumere and Professor
Last updated: June 2019
People with psychosis experience
difficulties with social functioning and tend to have small
social networks (see the CPD Online module Social functioning in schizophrenia). However,
many will have informal caregiving relationships with relatives
such as parents, partners and siblings, particularly at first
Cognitive models of caregiving (e.g. Kuipers et al, 2010) highlight the importance
of these informal relationships. The NICE clinical guideline
schizophrenia in adults: prevention and
management (NICE, 2014)
recommends family interventions for service users in regular
contact with families, as well as supportive interventions for
This module will be of interest to clinicians
working with patients with schizophrenia spectrum conditions in
in-patient and community settings. We will provide an overview of
the impact of the caregiving role and the clinical needs of
psychosis patients who have regular contact with families. We will
also provide a summary of family-based interventions, evaluating
their role in optimising patient outcomes and the current evidence
to CBT in psychosis by Dr Prasanna N. de Silva and Victoria
functioning in schizophrenia by Dr K. Thyarappa Praveen
and Dr Rob Macpherson
treatment orders by Dr Guy Brooks, Dr Nick Brindle and Dr
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