Evaluation of a psychoeducation program for Chinese clients with schizophrenia and their family caregivers

Chan, Sally Wai-chi, Yip, Bill, Tso, Steve, Cheng, Bing-shu and Tam, Wilson (2009) Evaluation of a psychoeducation program for Chinese clients with schizophrenia and their family caregivers. Patient Education and Counselling, 75 1: 67-76. doi:10.1016/j.pec.2008.08.028


Author Chan, Sally Wai-chi
Yip, Bill
Tso, Steve
Cheng, Bing-shu
Tam, Wilson
Title Evaluation of a psychoeducation program for Chinese clients with schizophrenia and their family caregivers
Journal name Patient Education and Counselling   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0738-3991
1873-5134
Publication date 2009-04
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.pec.2008.08.028
Open Access Status
Volume 75
Issue 1
Start page 67
End page 76
Total pages 10
Place of publication Shannon, Co. Clare Ireland
Publisher Elsevier Ireland Ltd
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objectives: To evaluate the effectiveness of a psychoeducation program for Chinese clients with schizophrenia and their family caregivers.

Methods: A randomized controlled trial was conducted. Seventy-three clients with a diagnosis of schizophrenia and their caregivers (n = 73) were recruited and randomized into a study (n = 36) and control group (n = 37). Ten psychoeducation sessions were provided to the study group. The outcomes were measured at the baseline, immediately after (post-1), six months (post-2), and 12 months after the intervention (post-3).

Results: There were significant treatment effects across time for all client outcomes: adherence to medication (p < 0.01), mental status (p < 0.01), and insight into illness (p < 0.01). However, no significant differences were found between groups at the post-3 measures for all client outcomes. For the caregivers, significant group differences were only detected in self-efficacy at the post-1 (p = 0.007) and post-2 (p < 0.001) measures, the level of satisfaction at the post-1 (p = 0.033) and post-2 (p < 0.021) measures, and the perception of family burden at the post-2 measures (p = 0.043).

Conclusion: A psychoeducation intervention had positive effects on Chinese clients and their caregivers. However, these effects might not be sustained 12 months after the intervention. Practice implications: To substantiate its effects, psychoeducation should be an ongoing intervention, with its outcomes constantly evaluated.
Keyword Chinese
Family Caregivers
Psychoeducation
Schizoprhenia
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Publications
 
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