alexa Efficacy of Task Centered Group Work Intervention in Schizophrenia Patients
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Journal of Psychiatry
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Research Article

Efficacy of Task Centered Group Work Intervention in Schizophrenia Patients

Pankaj Kumar Verma1* and Suprakash Chaudhury2

1Department of Psychiatric Social Work, Ranchi Institute of Neuropsychiatry and Allied Sciences (RINPAS), Kanke, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India

2Department of Psychiatry, Rural Medical College, Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences (DU), Loni, Maharashtra, India

*Corresponding Author:
Pankaj Kumar Verma
Ranchi Institute of Neuro-Psychiatry and Allied Sciences (RINPAS)
Kanke, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India
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Received Date: May 08, 2017; Accepted Date: June 06, 2017; Published Date: June 13, 2017

Citation: Verma PK, Chaudhury S (2017) Efficacy of Task Centered Group Work Intervention in Schizophrenia Patients. J Psychiatry 20: 413. doi:10.4172/2378-5756.1000413

Copyright: © 2017 Verma PK, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited



Background: Task centered group work is an empirically validated and widely acknowledged problem-solving model of social work that has been applied on variety of client groups across various geographical areas. However, in Indian setting such interventions are deplorably inadequate. Aim: To evaluate the effectiveness of task centered group work intervention on schizophrenia patients in bringing down their sensed psychopathology. Materials and methods: Thirty schizophrenia patients diagnosed as per ICD-10 DCR by treating psychiatrist were purposively enrolled from RINPAS outpatients department (OPD) and were shared into two groups of consisting of 15 in each group, viz. experimental and control groups. Task centered group work was administered only to the experimental group on twice monthly basis for six months. Pre and post assessments were done using Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale in both the groups. Results: Majority of the subjects who received task centered group work intervention reported substantial improvement in their perceived psychopathology as compared to subjects in the control group who did not receive such intervention. Conclusion: Task centered group work intervention was effective in significantly reducing the perceived psychopathology in schizophrenia patients.


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