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Psychosocial support for patients, patients' families and providers

By Cat Oettinger | 19 Mar, 2009 Last edited by Sophie Beauvais on 09 May 2011

Dear colleagues,

 As a trained social worker, working in an organization which provides TB/DR-TB care and control, I am interested to learn how other organizations provide psychosocial support (ie counseling, group support, psychiatric medications) to their patients, patients' families and providers. I look forward to hearing your replies.

 
With best regards,

 
Cat Oettinger, MSW/MPH
Partners In Health

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Cat Oettinger Replied at 3:32 PM, 14 Apr 2009

Dear Colleagues,

Dr. Daniel Chemtob (Director, Dept. of TB & AIDS in Jerusalem, Israel) provided the following resource for this discussion. It is a draft of an article that will be published soon in the journal "Substance Use and Misuse" . This article is describing the first step of integrating a "therapeutical milieu" model within the main TB ward in Israel, and the self-evaluation of this program by the staff.

The article is titled "Treatment: Therapeutic Milieu Rationale and Staff Evaluation of Using a "Therapeutic Milieu" for Substance Users Within a Tuberculosis Ward". I will include a PDF of this article as a resource.

I look forward to hearing of other psychosocial interventions.

With best regards,

Cat Oettinger

Karen Shean Replied at 7:54 AM, 29 Apr 2011

I wish to make a very pertinent point on the topic of psychosocial interventions, and one that I feel is crucial particularily in the emergence of communiy based treatment programmes, and this is the issue of drug side effects. We know that side effects of drugs are a real barrier to adherence of patients on treatment and thus knowledge of drugs: dosages, side effects etc. is such an important area in empathetic, psychosocial support

Attached resource:
  • Karen Shean, (external URL)

    Link leads to: http://www.ghdonline.org/drtb/discussion/psychosocial-support-for-patients-patients-familie/

    Summary: I wish to make a very pertinent point on the topic of psychosocial interventions, and one that I feel is crucial particularily in the emergence of communiy based treatment programmes, and this is the issue of drug side effects. We know that side effects of drugs are a real barrier to adherence of patients on treatment and thus knowledge of drugs: dosages, side effects etc. is such an important area in empathetic, psychosocial support

    Source: South African Medical Research Council - MRC

    Keywords: Advocacy, General Resources, psychosocial support

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