Disease Models of Mental Illness and Aftercare Patient Education: Critical Observations from Meta-Analyses, Cross-Cultural Practice and Anthropological Study

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This paper examines critically the idea of educating mental health service users in the frame of neurobiological psychiatry as a way of understanding their experience. This idea is compared with the findings in five broad areas of the literature on schizophrenia: psychopharmacological research, psychosocial rehabilitation, first person accounts, international epidemiology and familial expressed emotion research. This literature, which includes reports of five meta-analyses, is used to highlight ethnographic findings from the author's original research. The implications of the argument made about aftercare education for the practice of occupational therapists in hospital and community psychiatry conclude the article.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2004

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at http://www.cot.co.uk/british-journal-bjot/british-journal-occupational-therapy

    Submissions can be made at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bjot

    The 2013 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 0.897.

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