Manipal Journal of Nursing and Health Sciences


Introduction: Schizophrenia is a chronic major psychotic disorder, manifested by distorted thinking and poor emotional response. Patients diagnosed with schizophrenia have inability in performing basic individual and social roles or activities. Improving personal, occupational, and social aspects of functioning is an important treatment aim for such patients. Objective: 1. To assess the effect of family intervention on patient functioning, and 2. To find out association of patient functioning with demographic variables. Methods: A quasi-experimental nonequivalent control group design and consecutive sampling was adopted for the study. The population under study was patients having chronic schizophrenia and their caregivers in Thiruvananthapuram district. Fifty two patient-caregiver dyads in experimental and 50 patient caregiver dyads in control group constituted study sample. Global assessment of functioning scale was used to assess the patient functioning. Family intervention comprised of three sessions with family members, to be completed within one month period. Post intervention functioning was obtained during follow up at one month, three months, and six months from medical records. Results: After one month of intervention, 56% of patients had good level of functioning in experimental group, whereas only 32% of patients had good functioning in control group. There was significant (χ²=4.7, p

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