Last updated on May 2015

A Self-Management Program for Adults With Both Schizophrenia and a Co-occurring Medical Condition

Brief description of study

This study will develop and evaluate the effectiveness of a self-management program for adults living with both schizophrenia and a co-occurring medical condition.

Detailed Study Description

Schizophrenia is a life-long brain disorder affecting approximately 1 percent of Americans each year. Schizophrenia can be extremely disabling, causing people to hear voices, experience paranoia or hallucinations, and believe that others are controlling their thoughts. People with schizophrenia also experience increased rates of concurrent medical conditions, such as diabetes, respiratory illness, and heart disease. This can make holding a job or even caring for oneself very difficult. The purpose of this study is to develop and evaluate a self-management program for adults living with both schizophrenia and a concurrent medical condition. Participants in this open-label study will attend 10 to 16 group sessions led by two group leaders. Group sessions will meet each week for an hour during which participants will learn new skills to help them take responsibility for the daily management of chronic medical conditions. In addition to learning how to communicate more effectively with medical providers, participants will learn about healthy eating, the importance of physical activity, addictive behaviors that can worsen health conditions, and proper use of medications. Homework will be assigned weekly for participants to review skills learned in each session. After each session, participants will complete a survey to evaluate the session's effectiveness. At the end of the study, participants will attend one additional group meeting and an individual interview to discuss the overall effectiveness of the intervention and their experiences in the group sessions. The results of this study will be used to evaluate and improve the self-management program for future use.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT00525304

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