At Akeso Clinics, we pride ourselves on providing the best psychological and psychiatric care in the country. In a bid to ensure that this service continues to improve and remain relevant to our patients and their loved ones, we are launching a variety of programmes to extend our care beyond our world-class clinics into the daily lives of patients.
We know that most patients would choose the least restrictive and inconvenient method of care. For this reason, we have developed outpatient programmes for those who simply cannot afford to opt out of their lives in order to get treatment.
We are proud to announce the launch of TAG, our first initiative that enables us to extend the range of Akeso care:
The Akeso Graduates Group Programme, or TAG, is a post-discharge programme that is designed to assist patients to continue to build meaningful lives and to address vulnerabilities in the risky transitional period post-discharge.
TAG is a one-year program, which requires patients to attend a weekly two-hour group ther-apy session for the first three months post-discharge, and follow-up sessions at six, nine and 12 months post-discharge. It includes a formalised assessment and reporting process that helps doctors track patients’ progress and recognise any risky behaviour before it is too late.
TAG has been developed using a Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (or DBT) framework. This is Akeso’s preferred model of therapy and it is used extensively to treat a wide range of conditions including mood disorders, substance use disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, personality and eating disorders. DBT is an evidence-based psychotherapy that emphasises a practical, skills-based approach to regulating moods and behaviours.
The primary benefit of outpatient programmes such as TAG is their immediacy, in that they enable and encourage patients to use the skills they learn during the group sessions in their daily ‘in-the-world’ lives.
In so doing, this programme reduces the rate of patient relapse, thereby assisting not only the patients and their loved ones, but also the healthcare industry as a whole to become more sustainable by limiting hospital readmissions and empowering patients to get well and stay well.