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Efficacy of the Community Re-Entry Module for patients with schizophrenia in Beijing, China: outcome at 2-year follow-up

  • Yu-Tao Xiang (a1), Yong-Zhen Weng (a2), Wen-Yong Li (a3), Liang Gao (a3), Guo-Lan Chen (a3), Ling Xie (a3), Yan-Li Chang (a3), Wai-Kwong Tang (a4) and Gabor Sandor Ungvari (a4)...

Abstract

Background

Few psychosocial interventions have been developed in China that are suitable for use in the community.

Aims

To evaluate the effectiveness of the Chinese version of the Community Re-Entry Module (CRM; a module of a standardised, structured social skills training programme devised at the University of California, Los Angeles) for patients with schizophrenia compared with standard group psychoeducation.

Method

Patients with schizophrenia (n=103) were randomly allocated to CRM or psychoeducation groups and followed up for 24 months. Outcome measures included social functioning, psychiatric symptoms, insight, re-employment, relapse and re-hospitalisation rates.

Results

The CRM group significantly improved in terms of social functioning, insight and psychiatric symptoms compared with the psychoeducation group; the re-employment rate was significantly higher and relapse and rehospitalisation rates were significantly lower in the CRM group.

Conclusions

The findings support the feasibility and effectiveness of CRM as a psychosocial intervention for Chinese patients with schizophrenia in the community.

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Corresponding author

Dr Xiang Yutao, Department of Psychiatry, Shatin Hospital, Shatin, N. T. Hong Kong SAR, China. Fax: +852-2647-5321; Phone: +852-2636-7570; email: xyutly@cuhk.edu.hk

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Efficacy of the Community Re-Entry Module for patients with schizophrenia in Beijing, China: outcome at 2-year follow-up

  • Yu-Tao Xiang (a1), Yong-Zhen Weng (a2), Wen-Yong Li (a3), Liang Gao (a3), Guo-Lan Chen (a3), Ling Xie (a3), Yan-Li Chang (a3), Wai-Kwong Tang (a4) and Gabor Sandor Ungvari (a4)...
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