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Medline ® Abstract for Reference 58

of 'Psychosocial issues in advanced illness'

Putting the illness in its place: discussion groups for families with chronic medical illnesses.
Gonzalez S, Steinglass P, Reiss D
Fam Process. 1989 Mar;28(1):69-87.
A new psychosocial intervention for families and patients experiencing the chronic phase of a disabling medical illness is described. The intervention, a short-term, highly structured, psychoeducationally oriented, multiple-family discussion group (MFDG), was developed within the context of a clinical research program and has been successfully applied to a heterogeneous range of disabling medical illnesses. This report includes a detailed description of the treatment model, the format and content of group meetings, and initial clinical impressions regarding MFDG efficacy.
Center for Family Research, George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC 20037.