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Evidence Based Social Work Intervention for Caregiver Burden in Schizophrenia: A Case Analysis and Discussion

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Psychiatry, St. Johns Medical College Hospital, John Nagar, Bangalore 560 034, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 4, Issue (4), Pages 105-108, April,14 (2015)

Abstract

In presentscenario, psychiatric institutions are replaced by families to provide care for the family members with mental illness. It implies not only the relevance of emotions and affection in care but also induce higher amount of burden on family members. Evidence suggests that burden on family members of persons with schizophrenia has been associated with significant reduction in family members’ quality of life, causing damage in caregivers’ health and mental health conditions. The paper illustrates a case of chronic schizophrenia person and discusses various features of caregiver burden in comparison with other relevant literature. It describes evidence based clinical social work intervention to manage caregiver burden and evaluates its effectiveness in the background of this case. Using a case study approach, the present study evaluates the effectiveness of evidence based clinical social work intervention for caregiver burden experienced by family members. The clinical social work intervention was found effective in improving the caregiver’s knowledge and understanding about the illness, problem solving skills and subjective wellbeing.

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