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ASSESSMENT OF FAMILY INVOLVEMENT IN THE PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT OF RELAPSE IN SCHIZOPHRENIC PATIENTS IN FEDERAL NEUROPSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL ENUGU

Schizophrenia is a chronic and disabling mental disorder often accompanied by relapses even while on treatment. Relapse rate vary from 50%-92% and are similar in both developed and developing countries. This study determines the assessment family involvement in the prevention and management of relapse in Schizophrenic patients among patients in a tertiary Hospital Enugu. The study utilized descriptive research design. The target population were female and male wards of the institution and a sample size of seventy (70) patients’ relatives who were on admission during the period was systematically selected for the study. A self- developed and validated questionnaire containing twenty structured items developed from the study objectives was used for data collection. Data collected was analysed using frequency and percentages. The study revealed that the level of Family involvement
in prevention and management of relapse among schizophrenic patients is high, level of respondents’ knowledge on the cause and prevention of relapse in schizophrenia is high and methods of family involvement of respondents prevention and management relapse include Show love and affection to the sick, Guiding and encouraging them on taking of medication and keeping appointment, taking of medication and keeping appointment, Teaching and supervising him/her on mental hygiene principles and practices, prompt assistance to visit mental health practitioner when problem arises, Take him to the psychiatric hospital and not using provocative words on the patient e.g. reminding him/her that he/she is mentally ill.
There is need for more encouragement.

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  • : Family involvement, Prevention, Relapse, Schizophrenia.
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