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Title: Errorless versus errorful learning in memory-impaired patients with schizophrenia : implications for cognitive rehabilitation
Author: Russell, Hugh H.
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 2000
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Objectives: To provide descriptive data on the types of referral received by clinical psychology within a Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) during a four month period after the service's inception. To identify the perceptions held by other team members (from nursing, psychiatry, occupational therapy, and social work) of the clinical psychologist's role in the CMHT and establish their level of awareness of the skills particular to clinical psychology. To examine the post-intervention effect of an education package to the team, i.e. whether this could effect an attitudinal change in terms of types of referral considered appropriate, satisfaction with, and expectations of clinical psychology. Methods: Case notes were reviewed to identify the types of problem being referred. A questionnaire was designed to assess the above. Following assessment of initial responses an education package was presented at a team meeting. Eight weeks later, the questionnaire was recirculated and assessed for significant change using non-parametric methods. Results: Significant attitudinal change was limited. Members demonstrated sound knowledge of appropriate referrals, placed high value on the psychologist's therapeutic work with individuals, collaborative working, and the provision of information from new research. Satisfaction with the referral process declined. Qualitatively, members emphasised the need for improved interprofessional knowledge of each profession's skill base. Conclusion: Although psychology is clearly valued, group dynamics within teams of different professionals may make such interventions vulnerable to inoculation effects. Attitudinal and behavioural change may best be enhanced by increased awareness of the difficulties which different professions face.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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