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Sustained, Multimodal Outpatient Group Therapy for Chronic Psychotic Patients
Joseph Profita; Normand Carrey; Farrel Klein
Psychiatric Services 1989; doi:
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The authors are grateful to T. George Bidder, M.D., Edward Gocka, Ph.D., and Paul R. Mercer, M.S.W., for their advice and assistance in the preparation of this paper.

University of California-Los Angeles, The Veterans Administration Medical Center, Ward 52C, 16111 Plummer Street, Sepulveda, California 91343

Children's Psychiatric Unit at Centre Hospitalier Pierre Janet in Hull, Quebec

Washington County Community Mental Health Center in Charlestown, Rhode Island

1989 by the American Psychiatric Association

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Twelve predominantly psychotic patients who were at high risk for relapse and rehospitalization participated in a treatment regime that combined medication and supportive and insight-oriented group therapy. The group was studied over a 44-month period during which the same psychiatrist was present. None of the l2 group members required rehospitalization during the study period, and the quality of life and level of functioning significantly improved for most of them. Factors that possibly contributed to the patients' responses are addressed.

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