This study will evaluate the effectiveness of a rehabilitation program called Functional
Adaptation Skills Training (FAST) in treating older patients with schizophrenia.
People with schizophrenia often have problems functioning in everyday life. As people with
schizophrenia get older, resources for effective health care and social services may become
more limited. There is a need to develop effective rehabilitation programs that are
sensitive to the special needs of older persons with schizophrenia.
Patients are randomly assigned to either 1 of 2 groups. The FAST group will involve 24
sessions of group intervention designed to enhance daily functioning of older patients with
schizophrenia. The placebo group will involve participation in a psychosocial support group
for an equivalent amount of time. Treatment is followed by 6 monthly maintenance sessions.
Patients will be assessed at 6, 12, and 18 months after the study start. Assessments include
clinical and functional measures.
- Have schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder