Sharon Ann Sousa

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Diminishing financial support for individuals with severe mental illnesses has required creative solutions to meet the needs of this population. Loneliness and stigma further hinder these individuals' efforts toward recovery. The Compeer program can provide friendship relationships, which can help to reduce loneliness and strengthen the effects of(More)
Clients with psychotic disorders are at great risk for relapse and rehospitalization. This risk is magnified by poor adherence to medications, as well as refusal to accept optimal treatment planning, including more beneficial atypical medications. Adherence can be even more compromised because of clients' poor insight into these illnesses and their(More)
  • Sharon Sousa
  • 2008
Patients often underestimate the degree of their psychiatric illness and consequently have difficulty effectively participating in interventions to optimize recovery. This problem of insight may be connected with neurological difficulties resulting in poor explicit memory; however, most interventions nurses use to help patients improve their understanding(More)
OBJECTIVE This study examined the effectiveness of the LORS-Enabled Dialogue (LED) in reducing the discrepancy between clinicians' and patients' ratings of the severity of symptoms of psychotic disorders, improving adherence to medication, and improving functioning. METHODS The LED intervention addresses the discrepancy between a clinician's severity(More)
This study developed norms and examined psychometric properties of the LORS, an instrument designed to assess symptoms of psychotic illness and patients' awareness of their symptoms. Participants were 90 patients with psychotic illnesses. The LORS was completed by trained clinicians (LORS-Clinician Scale) and patients themselves (LORS-Patient). To assess(More)
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