What is open dialogue?

Open dialogue is an approach to the treatment of persons with psychotic conditions developed in Tornio, Finland. Treatment is carried out through meetings involving the patient with family members and their social network. The goal is for the patient, family, and clinician to create a shared understanding of the problem through a common language. There is particular interest in using this approach to help with patients during their first episode of psychosis. A number of anecdotal reports suggest that open dialogue may be helpful in promoting long-term recovery in psychosis. However, the evidence base is still limited and more research is needed to establish its potential effectiveness.

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