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An Interdisciplinary Psychoeducation Program for Schizophrenic Patients and Their Families in an Acute Care Setting
Linda Greenberg; Susan B. Fine; Cynthia Cohen; Kenneth Larson; Arlene Michaelson-Baily; Phyllis Rubinton; Ira D. Glick
Psychiatric Services 1988; doi:
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We dedicate this article to the late Phyllis Rubinton, M.L.S., in recognition of her innovative ideas and dedication to psychoeducation.

Cornell University Medical College University Medical College and the Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic of the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in New York City

American Psychiatric Association

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A psychoeducation program in an acute care inpatient psychiatric setting involves schizophrenic patients and their families in a range of educational interventions that are responsive to their particular strengths and vulnerabiities. Patients receive one-on-one instruction about their illness from a psychiatrist and the nursing staff and learn community living skills in classes and tutorials conducted by occupational therapists. Families discuss ways of coping with the patients' illness in a series of meetings with a social worker, and they attend workshops led by a team of clinicians and an administrator, who advise them of current perspectives on the illness and its management and about how to negotiate the mental health system. A mental health library keeps staff, family, and patients abreast of recent literature about schizophrenia. The authors believe the program prepares patients to live in the community better than do programs whose goals are limited to symptom reduction or crisis intervention.

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