Functionality in Achieving Clinical Recovery for Patients with Schizophrenia

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Presenting Author(s): Dr. Phil Tibbo

Date and time: 21 Mar 2020 from 11:50 to 13:20

Location: Wildrose Salon A/B  Floor Map

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the functional recovery model in psychosis
  2. Discuss the barriers and fascilitators to functional recovery
  3. Discuss decision-making strategies that assist service users with a comprehensive treatment plan focused on functional recovery


An appreciation of the comprehensive components of treatment is important when evaluating treatment response and moving towards a
recovery model. Reducing symptoms is no longer enough and outcomes must also include societal and personal perspectives. It is
critical that patients understand what it means for a treatment to be effective and how treatment itself will assist the patient to achieve
their desired outcomes. While this includes medication, the communication with patients should also focus on subjective physical and
mental health, quality of life, functioning and other non-pharmacological interventions. This presentation will discuss the concepts of
functional recovery and what it means to patients, as well as how to achieve recovery and the importance of a comprehensive treatment
plan using a shared-decision making process.


  1. Harvey PD. Functional Recovery in Schizophrenia: Raising the Bar for Outcomes in People with Schizophrenia. Schizophr Bull.
    2009;35(2):299. doi:10.1093/schbul/sbn186
  2. Lahera G, Gálvez JL, Sánchez P, et al. Functional recovery in patients with schizophrenia: recommendations from a panel of
    experts. BMC Psychiatry. 2018;18(1):176. doi:10.1186/s12888-018-1755-2

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