The purpose of this article is to review current research evidence for clinicians involving families in the assessment and treatment of their patients.
Research on effects of family support on illness outcome and outcomes of family-centered treatment in medicine, pediatrics, and psychiatry are reviewed.
Research in many medical fields shows that families have powerful influences on health that are equal to or surpass other risk factors and that brief family interventions increase health and decrease the risk of relapse in chronic illnesses. Research in psychiatry affirms that family interventions reduce the rate of relapse, improve recovery, and increase family well-being.
Current evidence supports increased emphasis on family-oriented psychiatric practice.
"Mothers' character weakness and daughter's immaturity MCC1 cluster (about 1/3 of the sample) is composed of individuals with features of immaturity displaying low scores across all character dimensions (Cloninger, 1994). In line with previous research, these mothers show some fragile characteristics leading to blaming attitudes (Fassino et al., 2002, 2003, 2009a); the eventual presence of a personality disorder may impact on the pathogenesis and course of eating symptoms (Bulik et al., 2000; Rorty et al., 2000; Polivy and Herman, 2002; Heru, 2006). The features of the MCC1 group were found to be linearly correlated to a lower development of self-directive skills in daughters and this finding echoes those of earlier literature on the relationship between parenting and daughters' character traits (Oshino et al., 2007). "
"brief family involvement will improve health and recovery, reduce the risk of a relapse, and increase family wellbeing  . As mentioned, the focus of this study is on psychiatrists' experience of involving the family when treating women with PPP. "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The aim of the study was to describe Swedish psychiatrists' experiences of involving the family in the treatment of women with postpartum psychosis. A qualitative design was used, and semistructured qualitative research interviews were conducted with nine psychiatrists from the south of Sweden. Data were analysed using qualitative content analysis. Four categories were found: the family as a resource, the family as coworkers, preparing the family for the future, and the family as a burden. The result showed that the psychiatrists considered the family to be a resource to which they devoted a great deal of care and effort. It was particularly important to involve the partner, informing about the course of the illness and the steps that need to be taken in the event of a relapse and reducing any guilt feelings. The psychiatrists instilled confidence and hope for a future of health and further child bearing. The family members' limited understanding of the treatment may impede the involvement of the family. Conclusion of the study was that the goal for family involvement was to facilitate the women's care and treatment. Further studies are needed to provide suggestions on how to develop family involvement in the care of women suffering from postpartum psychosis.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Because family oriented patient care improves patient outcome and reduces family burden, clinical family skills of communication, assessment, alliance, and support are part of core competencies required of all residents. Teaching residents to "think family" as part of core competencies and to reach out to families requires change in the teaching environment.
This article advocates teaching residents family skills throughout the training years as an integrated part of routine patient care rather than in isolated family clinics or a course in "family therapy." It reviews family skills required of residents in all treatment settings and family skills that are specific to inpatient, emergency room, outpatient, and consultation-liaison services.
Families can be seen in multiple treatment settings throughout resident training using recent research to support appropriate interventions for patients and caregivers.
The process of establishing change in the training environment requires a commitment on the part of the training faculty to include families, but is possible within the current training framework.
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