Open Dialogue — Alternative Care for Psychosis In Finland Developed By Jaakko Seikkula. Please watch the video!
Alternative Care for Psychosis In Finland
Developed By Jaakko Seikkula.
Over the past two decades, Dr. Jaakko Seikkula’s hospital team in Finland has advanced and refined “Open Dialogue,” a family and social network approach to first episode psychosis care, and this way of working has garnered widespread attention for dramatically improving outcomes.
Open Dialogue de-emphasizes US-style pharmaceutical intervention and instead establishes a dialogue with the patient, provides immediate help, and organizes “a treatment meeting” within twenty-four hours of the initial contact. The results consistently show that this way of working reduces hospitalization, lowers use of medication, and leads to less recurrance of crisis when compared with psychosis treatment as usual.
For example, in a five-year follow-up (Seikkula et al. 2006), 83% of patients have returned to their jobs or studies or were job seeking, thus not receiving government disability. In the same study, 77% did not have residual psychotic symptoms.
Open Dialogue is gaining growing support in the US after Robert Whitaker, in his book Anatomy of An Epidemic, featured Open Dialogue as an effective alternative to the poor treatment outcomes associated with overuse of medications.
Please take the time to watch this video. The success rate is phenomenal (83% for first presentation with psychosis to recovery) and a great example to the rest of the world.
Read the full article here: http://beyondmeds.com/2010/01/04/alternative-for-psychosis/
Also Robert Whitaker’s new website here :http://www.madinamerica.com/