Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science





Purpose: The purpose of this article is to review whether psychosocial intervention combined with antipsychotic drugs is more beneficial than medication alone in adult patients with schizophrenia.

Method: A PubMed literature search was conducted from within the past 10 years with search terms schizophrenia treatment, medication alone, and psychosocial therapy. This resulted in 16 studies, 3 of which serve as the basis for this clinical review analysis.

Results: Patients receiving both medications and psychosocial therapy had better outcomes in regards to treatment compliance, relapse, insight, quality of life, and social behavior than those only taking medications alone.

Conclusion: Evidence from the study shows that in comparison with medication-only therapy, it is more beneficial to combine medications and psychosocial therapy in the treatment of schizophrenia.


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