Progressive muscle relaxation for patients with chronic schizophrenia

A randomized controlled study

Shu-Min Lu, Mei-Feng Lin, Hsiu-Ju Chang

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PURPOSE: To evaluate progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) as an intervention for anxiety, psychotic symptoms, and quality of life (QOL) in patients with chronic schizophrenia.

DESIGN AND METHODS: Eighty patients were recruited from a Taiwanese psychiatry ward. The intervention group received group PMR; control group received treatment-as-usual.

RESULTS: The results indicated that PMR might have a short-term effect on reducing anxiety, improving psychotic syndromes, and QOL among patients with chronic schizophrenia; however, the effectiveness at the 3-month follow-up was not evident.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: Both the psychiatric patients and the health institutions may be able to list PMR as a clinical routine care, and then become a mental health practice strategy for mental patients to improve the quality of mental care.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE: Our studies suggest that prevention of severe mental illness among patients with schizophrenia requires PMR interventions. PMR had an immediate effect, and it is possible that a shorter intervention period using this approach would also be successful.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPerspectives in Psychiatric Care
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Apr 22 2019

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Progressive muscle relaxation for patients with chronic schizophrenia : A randomized controlled study. / Lu, Shu-Min; Lin, Mei-Feng; Chang, Hsiu-Ju.

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