March 1988

Inpatient Family Intervention: A Randomized Clinical TrialII. Results at Hospital Discharge

Author Affiliations

From the Seventh Floor Unit, Payne Whitney Clinic, New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, New York.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1988;45(3):217-224. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1988.01800270025003

• Although family intervention is practiced in most psychiatric hospitals, to our knowledge, no adequately controlled studies of its efficacy exist. This study was designed to answer, in part, the question of the relative efficacy of hospitalization with family intervention as compared with hospitalization without family intervention for patients (1) with major psychiatric disorders, (2) in need of hospital treatment, and (3) for whom both treatments are judged clinically feasible. This article compares treatment results at the time of hospital discharge for 169 patients randomly assigned to the Inpatient Family Intervention or comparison conditions. Inpatient Family Intervention had greater efficacy than the comparison treatment, mostly attributable to its effect on female patients, especially those patients (and their families) with affective disorder.