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Aftercare of Schizophrenic Patients: Pharmacotherapy and Consistency of Therapists
Bessel A. van der Kolk; Harold L. Goldberg
Psychiatric Services 1983; doi:
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Tufts University School of Medicine; Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic, 17 Court Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02108

WesRosPark Mental Health Center in Boston

1983 by the American Psychiatric Association

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Fifty-seven chronic schizophrenic patients were followed an average of six years after index mental hospital admission and compared on the variables of depot fluphenazine (N=26) versus oral antipsychotic medications (N=31), and of consistent aftercare with one therapist (N=17) versus aftercare with multiple therapists or caregivers (N=40). The patients who bad been maintained on depot fluphenazine scored significantly better on measures of mental status than did those on oral medications, but bad a significantly lower score on work performance. The group with consistent aftercare scored better on self-ratings and time without serious psychotic symptoms, but showed no difference on objective mental status when compared with the multiple-therapist aftercare group. The authors conclude that consistent aftercare and provision of medications that do not require a major commitment by the patient to remain well may make a small but significant contribution to the welfare of the chronic schizophrenic patient.

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