Culturally-adapted Family Intervention (CaFI)
CaFI was a three year study based at Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust (MMHSCT) and The University of Manchester. The research was funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Service and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme and was led by Dr Dawn Edge, the Principal Investigator and member of the African Caribbean community in Manchester.
The purpose of this study was to find out if it was possible to develop and test a new form of talking treatment to meet the specific needs of African-Caribbean people diagnosed with schizophrenia and their families.
We also wanted to find out if the new therapy would be acceptable to service users, their families and health professionals.
To do this:
- We worked with a range of people members of Manchester’s African-Caribbean community, including service users, families, and community members
- We also worked with advocacy groups like African & Caribbean Mental Health Service (ACMHS) and health professionals in the NHS
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- Together, we developed Culturally-adapted Family Intervention (CaFI) talking treatment
- We found that:
- Service users, family members and the staff involved all liked CaFI.
- Nearly all the families who started CaFI completed the therapy
- Nearly everyone said they’d recommend it to family and friends
- Read the First Look Summary of the project by following this link.
- We are now looking for more funding to test CaFI in other cities and with both Black African and Caribbean people
- You can read more about the CaFI study by following this link.
- Please contact Dr Dawn Edge (Lead Researcher) if you want to find out more. Also, please see our 'Get involved' page.
A summary of the CaFI study is available here:
- CaFI Summary of Research (pdf, 1.46MB)
The full CaFI protocol is available here:
- CaFI Protocol (pdf, 165KB)
CaFI study webpages are available here: