Effectiveness of the Illness Management and Recovery Program for Patients with Schizophrenia Emi FUJITA 1 , Daiji KATO 2 , Shigeki UCHIYAMA 3 , Atsuhiko WATANABE 4 , Hiromichi TAKEI 5 , Ryuhei HOSHI 6 , Naotake MIZUNO 7 , Ryo NAKAMURA 8 , Masako NAKAMURA 9 , Takashi SAEKI 2 , Chiaki KAWANISHI 10 , Yoshio HIRAYASU 2 1Division of Clinical Psychology, Yokohama City University Hospital, Yokohama, Japan 2Department of Psychiatry, Yokohama City University School of Medicine 3Yokohama City University, School of Medicine Nursing Course 4Division of Clinical Psychology, Yokohama City University Medical Center 5Fujisawa Hospital 6Hinatadai Hospital 7Soga Hospital 8Asaka Hospital Daycare Center 9Takaoka Hospital 10Health Management and Promotion Centre, Yokohama City University Graduate School of Medicine Keyword: IMR , Illness Management and Recovery , Recovery , Psychoeducation , Evidence-Based Practices , Schizophrenia pp.21-28
Published Date 2013/1/15
DOI https://doi.org/10.11477/mf.1405102357
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 Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) is a curriculum-based approach designed to provide individuals with mental illness the information and skills necessary for effective illness management;it also helps them work towards achieving personal recovery goals. The present study was executed in order to clarify the effectiveness of the IMR program among Japanese patients with schizophrenia. Eighty-one patients with schizophrenia who were receiving standard psychiatric treatment were recruited. The participants were asked to complete the following assessments before and after participating in the IMR program:Global Assessment of Functioning, Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale, Patient Activation Measure 13 for Mental Health, Medical Outcomes Study 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey Acute Version, Life Satisfaction Scale, Self-Efficacy for Community Life Scale for Schizophrenia, and Client Satisfaction Questionnaire-8. Our findings demonstrate that patients, following participation in the IMR program, display significant improvement in functioning, symptom severity, self-reported activation in self-management, quality of life, satisfaction, and self-efficacy in community living;patient satisfaction was also high. In conclusion, the IMR program was effective in Japanese patients with schizophrenia.

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