Research studies to improve mental healthcare for African-Caribbeans research in to the mental health of black people is being carried out at the University of Manchester and doctors are looking for volunteers to help.
Dr Dawn Edge, a Senior Lecturer at The University of Manchester and Researcher for Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust (MHSCT), is leading two National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) research studies.
The first study is to develop ‘talking therapy’ for African-Caribbean people diagnosed with< schizophrenia and their families. The Culturally-adapted Family Intervention (‘CaFI) is currently in its final phase. Dr Edge states, “We are looking for African-Caribbean patients/service users with a diagnosis of ‘schizophrenia’ or ‘psychosis’ and their families to test CaFI. Where biological family members are unavailable, patients/service users can nominate trusted individuals or work with our specially-trained ‘family support members’ to receive the treatment.”
In the second study, due to begin this summer, Dr Edge and her team will produce an educational e-learning programme to help African-Caribbean families understand schizophrenia and improve access to care, treatment and advocacy. The team want to work with African-Caribbean people diagnosed with ‘schizophrenia’, their families and community members to produce and test the programme. Dr Edge hopes that working with current and former patients/service users of Caribbean origin (including people who regard themselves as ‘Black British’ or ‘Mixed’ heritage), their families, and members of the Caribbean community to develop culturally-appropriate resources will ultimately “improve mental healthcare for African-Caribbean people.”
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