Saturday, February 4, 2012

Therapeutic Alliance and Treatment Outcomes

A study examined the relationship of the therapeutic alliance to the treatment course and outcome of 143 patients with non-chronic schizophrenia.

Results showed that patients who formed good alliances with their therapists within the first 6 months of treatment were significantly more likely to:
  • remain in psychotherapy
  • comply with their prescribed medication regimens, and
  • achieve better outcomes after 2 years, with less medication, than patients who did not.

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