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dc.contributor.authorPriebe, S
dc.contributor.authorChevalier, A
dc.contributor.authorHamborg, T
dc.contributor.authorGolden, E
dc.contributor.authorKing, M
dc.contributor.authorPistrang, N
dc.identifier.citationPriebe, S., Chevalier, A., Hamborg, T., Golden, E., King, M., & Pistrang, N. (n.d.). Effectiveness of a volunteer befriending programme for patients with schizophrenia: Randomised controlled trial. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 1-7. doi:10.1192/bjp.2019.42en_US
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND: Befriending by volunteers has the potential to reduce the frequent social isolation of patients with schizophrenia and thus improve health outcomes. However, trial-based evidence for its effectiveness is limited.AimsTo conduct a randomised controlled trial of befriending for patients with schizophrenia or related disorders. METHOD: Patients were randomised to a befriending programme for 1 year or to receive information about social activities only (trial registration: ISRCTN14021839). Outcomes were assessed masked to allocation at the end of the programme; at 12 months and at a 6-month follow-up. The primary outcome was daily time spent in activities (using the Time Use Survey (TUS)) with intention-to-treat analysis. RESULTS: A total of 124 patients were randomised (63 intervention, 61 active control) and 92 (74%) were followed up at 1 year. In the intervention group, 49 (78%) met a volunteer at least once and 31 (49%) had more than 12 meetings. At 1 year, mean TUS scores were more than three times higher in both groups with no significant difference between them (adjusted difference 8.9, 95% CI -40.7 to 58.5, P = 0.72). There were no significant differences in quality of life, symptoms or self-esteem. However, patients in the intervention group had significantly more social contacts than those in the control group at the end of the 12-month period. This difference held true at the follow-up 6 months later. CONCLUSIONS: Although no difference was found on the primary outcome, the findings suggest that befriending may have a lasting effect on increasing social contacts. It may be used more widely to reduce the social isolation of patients with schizophrenia.Declaration of interestNone.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work was supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) under its Programme Grants for Applied Research (Reference Number RP-PG-0611-20002). The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the National Health Service, the NIHR or the Department of Health in the UK.en_US
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dc.publisherCambridge University Pressen_US
dc.relation.ispartofBr J Psychiatry
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dc.rightsAttribution 3.0 United States*
dc.subjectSocial isolationen_US
dc.subjectsocial contactsen_US
dc.titleEffectiveness of a volunteer befriending programme for patients with schizophrenia: randomised controlled trial.en_US
dc.rights.holderThe Royal College of Psychiatrists 2019
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pubs.publication-statusPublished onlineen_US
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