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From Research to Clinical Practice: Dissemination of New York State's Family Psychoeducation Project
William R. McFarlane; Edward Dunne; Ellen Lukens; Susan Deakins; Bonnie Horen; Margaret Newmark; Joanne McLaughlin-Toran
Psychiatric Services 1993; doi:
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The authors are grateful to the entire staff of the project for their unflagging assistance and support. They especially thank the project directors at each site: Norman Ackerman, M.D., Kathryn Al-exander, M.S.W., Linda Breslin, M.S.W., Carolyn Crummey, Ph.D., Terry Holbrook, M.S.W., Stella Hughes, M.S.W., Gene Kaplan, M.S.W., Katherine Kelly, R.N., Susan Kurtz, M.S.W., Henry McCurtis, M.D., Joan Nachtman, R.N., Janice Oursler, Ph.D., James Regan, Ph.D., and Susan Schiff, M.S.W. This project was supported by a grant from the New York State Office of Mental Health.

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University

New York State Psychiatric Institute

1993 by the American Psychiatric Association

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The New York Family Support Demonstration Project was begun in 1984 to translate the results of research on family psychoeducation in the treatment of schizophrenia into general practice. Goals were to compare experimentally a single-family psychoeducation model with a multiple-family group format, to replicate successful outcomes in ordinary clinical settings, and to train agency clinicians in the model. A total of 172 schizophrenic patients and their families from six sites across the state were followed for two years. Relapse rates comparable to those in more narrowly focused research studies were obtained in ordinary clinical settings. Patients in the multiple-family format had substantially lower risk of relapse than patients in single-family treatment. Over the next three years, the multiple-family approach was successfully disseminated across the state using a strategy based on five central assumptions of the psychoeducational model.

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