How Professionals View Multifamily Psychoeducation : A Qualitative Study

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title How Professionals View Multifamily Psychoeducation : A Qualitative Study
Author Ingvarsdotter, Karin ; Persson, Karin ; Hjärthag, Fredrik ; Östman, Margareta
Date 2016
English abstract
Severe mental illness causes suffering for the patient as well as the patientâ s immediate family. The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare has recommended the implementation of multifamily psychoeducation in order to assist patient and family in the recovery process. The aim of this study was to determine how introducing multifamily psychoeducation in Sweden has been viewed by professionals. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 11 service providers, who were involved in evaluating multifamily psychoeducation. Our main findings fell under the headings of defensive culture and unsuitable model. Resistance to introducing the new intervention was found on multiple levels. The model proposed was considered too rigid for both the target group and the organizations because it could not be adjusted to the needs of patients, families, or facilitators. Despite good evidence for the effectiveness of the intervention, there were difficulties introducing the multifamily psychoeducation model in clinical practice. The feasibility of an intervention needs to be evaluated before adopting it as a national guideline.
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Publisher Springer
Host/Issue Psychiatric Quaterly;3
Volume 87
ISSN 0033-2720
Pages 479–491
Language eng (iso)
Subject Clinical practice Family intervention
Mental health
Severe mental illness
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
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