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Family psychoeducation for adults with psychotic disorders in Tanzania

Project Objectives

There is an urgent need for global guidance on effective, culturally appropriate, and sustainable psychosocial interventions for mental disorders in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). While the burden of mental illness in LMICs is now well established, there remains a significant treatment gap for mental disorders, particularly for psychotic disorders in sub-Saharan Africa. Family psychoeducation (FPE) is an evidence-based practice developed in high-income countries to help individuals with psychotic disorders and their relatives to cope more effectively with the illness; however, FPE has never been tested in a low-resource country nor have the mechanisms of action for this psychosocial intervention been fully identified.

This project (2017-2020) will pilot test a culturally tailored Family Psychoeducation model (FamPE) for adults with psychotic disorders and their relatives. The study design includes formative research to adapt FPE and a small randomized controlled trial (RCT) with 72 patient/relative dyads to meet these specific aims: 1) Assess how family psychoeducation can improve client outcomes, engage families and address gaps in mental health services in Tanzania; 2) Culturally tailor the FamPE intervention for use in Tanzania; and 3) Pilot test the FamPE intervention and explore its impact on patient relapse, quality of life and disability.

**Partners:** Muhimbili University of Health & Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in Tanzania and Columbia University in New York NY.
**Funder:** National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Collaborators

  • The Trustees of Columbia University
  • Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences

Project Status

Ongoing

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