Family intervention

What is family intervention?

Family intervention involves the introduction of a patient’s immediate family into a psychosocial treatment setting. Its goals involve preventing relapse, improving the family’s relationships and understanding of the disorder as well as improving their own mental health, should that be compromised. Family interventions have a focus on psychoeducation which provides information on the disorder, medication, and treatment adherence. They can also employ cognitive and behavioural strategies to improve problem solving, communication skills, and coping, and to reduce high expressed emotion in the family unit.

What is the evidence for family intervention?

Moderate quality evidence suggests family psychoeducation is associated with a medium-sized reduced risk of mania relapse for up to one year post-treatment, compared to treatment as usual. Moderate to low quality evidence suggests carer focused therapy may also reduce relapses in patients.

April 2019

Last updated at: 12:09 am, 10th April 2019
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