A new film, “Our Stories: Living and Coping with Schizophrenia” describes the CGMH Community care for people with schizophrenia in India (COPSI) project. Funded by the Wellcome Trust and led by CGMH co-director Vikram Patel and staff member Graham Thornicroft, COPSI is a randomized controlled trial comparing the clinical and cost effectiveness of facility based (usual) care and a collaborative community based care intervention for people with schizophrenia in three sites in India. The community intervention is developed by a team comprising the treating Psychiatrist, the Intervention Coordinator and lay community health workers and the majority of the service is delivered in home settings. A package of evidence based treatments has been selected for the community intervention that can be delivered by CHW’s with adequate training and close supervision.
The film provides a personal and moving account of people with schizophrenia who are taking part in this project.
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