The majority of patients within medium secure units in England and Wales suffer from schizophrenia.
Family interventions are of proven benefit in the management of this illness.
A telephone survey was undertaken to gain an understanding of the use of this technique in medium secure facilities, what limited its availability and what problems were encountered in its use in a secure setting Family therapy was used relatively infrequently, with several services not convinced of its benefits.
In services that did undertake such work there were no set criteria and little reference was made to the importance of the level of expressed emotion within the family.
The type of work undertaken also varied considerably.
The work was not routinely supervised by trained therapists and this may explain its poor focus.
Most services reported a lack of appropriately trained staff as a factor limiting the availability of family work.
There is strong evidence for the need to train staff in this technique for use in medium security.
Working with families in a systemic way, whilst also focusing on reducing expressed emotion, should fit easily into the working of most multi-disciplinary teams in forensic psychiatry.
Mots-clés Pascal : Schizophrénie, Hôpital psychiatrique, Psychiatrie médicolégale, Service santé, Utilisation, Psychothérapie familiale, Traitement, Santé mentale, Royaume Uni, Europe, Homme, Psychose
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Schizophrenia, Psychiatric hospital, Forensic psychiatry, Health service, Use, Family psychotherapy, Treatment, Mental health, United Kingdom, Europe, Human, Psychosis
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0433528
Code Inist : 002B18H05B. Création : 22/03/2000.