Multi-family treatment for patients with persistent auditory hallucinations and their relatives: a pilot study
Article first published online: 14 NOV 2005
Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Volume 113, Issue 2, pages 154–158, February 2006
How to Cite
Jenner, J. A., van de Willige, G. and Wiersma, D. (2006), Multi-family treatment for patients with persistent auditory hallucinations and their relatives: a pilot study. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 113: 154–158. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.2005.00656.x
- Issue published online: 14 NOV 2005
- Article first published online: 14 NOV 2005
- Accepted for publication September 13, 2005
- auditory hallucination;
- (multi)family treatment;
- cognitive-behavioral therapy;
- social functioning;
- burden on the family
Objective: To test feasibility and effectiveness of multi-family treatment (MFT) for patients with persistent auditory hallucinations.
Method: A naturalistic pilot study with 6-month follow-up of 12 patients and 10 relatives. Pre- and post-treatment assessment concerned compliance, satisfaction, subjective burden, and control of voices, psychopathology, quality of life, social functioning and burden on the family.
Results: Significant improvements were found in all domains. Compliance and satisfaction with treatment were satisfactory. Self-help contacts outside treatment sessions increased over time.
Conclusion: MFT may be considered a potentially effective form of additional treatment for refractory voice hearers.