WRITER: SETH COOMBS
CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 335-8034
Release: April 22, 1999
Friedrich receives $20,000 to continue schizophrenia
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Rose Marie Friedrich, associate professor
in the University of Iowa College of Nursing, has received $20,000 from the
Nellie Ball Trust Research Fund to continue her work on schizophrenia.
The trust, established in 1977 by Ball's estate, supports
research related to paranoia and schizophrenia.
Friedrich will design educational modules to address needs
that families have identified as important to providing care for ill family
members. Information on schizophrenia, coping with illness behaviors, crisis
information and community resources are some of the topics that will be addressed.
The target group will be family members of 50 patients who are hospitalized
on the schizophrenia unit at UI Hospitals and Clinics.
"The psychoeducational intervention is a means of educating
and supporting families who are the primary caregivers for those with severe
mental illness in Iowa," Friedrich said. "Over the past 15 years, psychoeducational
interventions have been developed to reduce the stress and burden of the illness
to families, to increase their coping skills and to improve the quality of
life for themselves and their ill relative."
"Education, support and discharge planning for patients
and their families have long been a responsibility of nurses," Friedrich added.
"As nurses, we must be able to justify our interventions and to understand
the effect these actions have on patient/family outcomes so we can continue
to improve care."