Groundbreaking therapy trialled with BME schizophrenia service users

A study supported by the NIHR has led to improved symptoms and better understanding and communication between Black and minority ethnic (BME) schizophrenia patients, families, and services.

The groundbreaking talking treatment has been developed and successfully trialled in the Culturally-Adapted Family Intervention (CaFI) study, which involved a group of Black and minority ethnic (BME) schizophrenia service users, carers, community members and health professionals.

The study was funded by the NIHR Health Services and Research Delivery programme and supported by the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN). Over a period of three years, 24 family units completed 10 therapy sessions at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

People of African-Caribbean origin, including those of ‘Mixed’ heritage, are nine times more likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia than White British people. Black Africans’ risk of diagnosis is six times greater.

For more information, please see the NIHR website

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