Working Together

TIPS FOR COMMUNICATING WITH THE TREATMENT TEAM

Together, the Treatment Team functions in many ways to support your loved one after a schizophrenia diagnosis, as well as help with finding a treatment plan to help control the symptoms of schizophrenia and help get your loved one moving forward toward his or her treatment goals. As a caregiver, good communication with other members of the Treatment Team is essential.

The Treatment Team may include doctors, nurses, social workers, case managers, psychologists, therapists, and peer counselors — in addition to caregiver and patient.

 

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Healthcare professionals on the team can also support your caregiving efforts by:

  • Helping you understand what schizophrenia is and the cause of schizophrenia
  • Discussing any concerns or questions you have about treatment
  • Offering advice or resources for managing schizophrenia
  • Providing reminders about upcoming appointments

 

PATIENT CONFIDENTIALITY AND CAREGIVERS

When you’re caring for a friend or family member living with schizophrenia, there are times when it may be helpful for the Treatment Team to share patient information with you so you can support the treatment plan. However, there are patient privacy measures that healthcare professionals must follow. Despite these privacy authorizations, the treatment process is enhanced with help from a caregiver.