Journal article

Collaborative community based care for people and their families living with schizophrenia in India: protocol for a randomised controlled trial

Sudipto Chatterjee, Morven Leese, Mirja Koschorke, Paul McCrone, Smita Naik, Sujit John, Hamid Dabholkar, Kimberley Goldsmith, Madhumitha Balaji, Mathew Varghese, Rangaswamy Thara, Vikram Patel, Graham Thornicroft

Trials | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2011

Abstract

BACKGROUND: There is a large treatment gap with few community services for people with schizophrenia in low income countries largely due to the shortage of specialist mental healthcare human resources. Community based rehabilitation (CBR), involving lay health workers, has been shown to be feasible, acceptable and more effective than routine care for people with schizophrenia in observational studies. The aim of this study is to evaluate whether a lay health worker led, Collaborative Community Based Care (CCBC) intervention, combined with usual Facility Based Care (FBC), is superior to FBC alone in improving outcomes for people with schizophrenia and their caregivers in India. METHODS/DESIGN..

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