Nov 1, 1978

Community residential treatment for schizophrenia: two-year follow-up

Hospital & Community Psychiatry
L R Mosher, A Z Menn


Two-year outcome data from a study comparing two kinds of treatment given similar groups of young, newly diagnosed, unmarried schizophrenic patients deemed in need of hospitalization are reported. The experimental program, Soteria, is a nonmedical, psychosocial program with minimal use of antipsychotic drugs; it is staffed by nonprofessionals and located in a home in the community. The control program is a short-stay, crisis-oriented inpatient service in a community mental health center where neuroleptic drugs are the principal treatment. The experimental group had significantly longer initial stays, and only 8 per cent received neuroleptics during their initial admission. Over the two-year follow-up period, there were no significant differences between the groups in readmissions or levels of symptomatology. However, experimental subjects significantly less often received medications, used less outpatient care, showed significantly better occupational levels, and were more able to live independently.

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Social Psychiatry
Outcome and Process Assessment (Health Care)
Antipsychotic Agents
Community Mental Health Centers
Residential Facilities

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