Pharmacology Gets More Cooperation Than Psychosocial Advice


In a study of conformance to evidence-based treatment recommendations at mental health clinics among people diagnosed with schizophrenia, Canadian researchers found that conformance to recommendations ranged between 58% and 90%, while conformance to psychosocial recommendations ranged from 0% to 81%. The authors speculate that the absence of barriers to access for pharmacological therapies enhances higher conformance, while limited or variable access to psychosocial services negatively affects conformance to treatment recommendations. Results will appear in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].