Optimal treatment strategies to enhance recovery from schizophrenia

Aust N Z J Psychiatry. 1998 Feb;32(1):43-9. doi: 10.3109/00048679809062704.


Objective: The aim of this paper is to examine the base for integrating biomedical, psychological and social strategies in the management of schizophrenia.

Method: A review of the literature on schizophrenia with particular emphasis in management considerations.

Results: Effective treatment components include psychoeducation, medication strategies, career-based stress management training, community-based intensive treatment, living skills training, and specific drug and cognitive-behavioural strategies for residual symptoms.

Conclusions: Treatment for schizophrenia is best provided by integrating the various and specific psychosocial intervention strategies in addition to the optimal use of medication. Methods for implementing these strategies in outpatient settings include the use of a comprehensive assessment and treatment plan, the training of mental health professionals, and periodic review with assessment packages.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living / psychology
  • Antipsychotic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Humans
  • Patient Care Team
  • Schizophrenia / diagnosis
  • Schizophrenia / rehabilitation*
  • Schizophrenic Psychology*


  • Antipsychotic Agents