170379 Psychoeducation: Wider implications for the field of mental health

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Ashutosh Atri, MD, MS , Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Texas Health Sciences Center, Houston, Houston, TX
Manoj Sharma, PhD , Health Promotion & Education, University of Cincinnati & Walden University, Cincinnati, OH
Mental illnesses affect a substantial proportion of our population. The significance of psychoeducation- the education of a person (and their families) with a psychiatric disorder, in subject areas that serve the goals of treatment and rehabilitation, has been supported by multiple clinical studies. Recent scientific evidence recommends a modality that combines psychopharmacology with psychoeducation for an optimal clinical outcome for many mental health disorders (for example, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder). Researchers have offered plausible mechanisms through which psychoeducation may have a therapeutic effect on the mentally ill. Despite the growing evidence in its favor, few patients and families in United States are ever offered a “comprehensive” psycho-educational program. In the few instances where it is offered, the approach leaves much to be desired. Multiple policies, organizational, socio-political and ethno-cultural factors come in the way of an effective delivery of psychoeducation. Recommendations are made regarding practical steps through which psychoeducation could be made easily accessible.

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this session participants will be able to 1.) Analyze the scientific evidence (from the past 5 years) in favor of psychoeducation as an adjunct treatment modality for mental health disorders. 2.) Articulate the 4 main mechanisms through which psychoeducation has a therapeutic effect on mental health conditions specifically bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. 3.) Identify the definition, scope & limitations of "Psychoeducation". 4.) Recognize the current deficiencies in the delivery of mental health services in United States in regards to psychoeducation

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: We have reviewed existing scientific papers on the subject and attempted to tie them all together and draw logical conclusions. The review exploring current literature and scientific evidence related to psychoeducation was jointly conducted by the authors.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.