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Table 3 Comparison of MFG-SCI and control treatment (SCIEC)

From: Comparison of two psycho-educational family group interventions for improving psycho-social outcomes in persons with spinal cord injury and their caregivers: a randomized-controlled trial of multi-family group intervention versus an active education control condition

Treatment Component MFG-SCI # sessions SCIEC # sessions
Joining Dyad-tailored Education: a SWOT analysis, SCI problems identified and corrected. 2(3) b Standard Dyad Intake: History of person with SCI and caregiver focusing on current health, skin care, bladder management, bowel management. No skills training, interventions, or formulation of management problems and needed adjustments. 2(3) b
Formulation of management problems and coping. Recommend one or more strategies and adjustments (individual and dyad).
Group Introductory Sessions Educational Workshop: ASIA classification, clinical syndromes, rehab therapy, medications, health lifestyle, the family and adjustment, family guidelines. Structure and function of multifamily group, how it can help. 2 SCIEC Education Introduction: Structure and rationale for intervention. Rules of conduct. Overview of topics to be covered. 1
Ongoing Group Sessions Problem-solving & Skills Training Sessions: Problem-solving designed to address specific problems associated with SCI. Compensatory strategies for SCI problems, planning ahead. 12 SCIEC Education: General information provided to promote healthy living in areas relevant for persons with SCI and caregivers (bladder/bowel management, nutrition, use of alcohol, drugs, safe exercise). 13
Personal health concerns not discussed; however, discuss referral to provider.
Total   16   16
  1. aIn addition to basic intake
  2. bThe default is 2 sessions, an optional 3rd session may be used to maintain contact with group members recruited early, or where the dyads are uncertain about continued participation