Authors: Simon Laxton and Melissa Petrakis, VIC
Event: 2011 TheMHS Conference
Subject: MENTAL HEALTH, RESEARCH, EVALUATION, QUALITY, Psychoeducation
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Background: Psychoeducation and support with families of consumers experiencing a first psychotic episode assists with promoting recovery and relapse-prevention for consumers, while additionally assisting families to gain information and reduce isolation.
Methods: For a consecutive sample attending inpatient psychoeducation meetings, designed for the families of consumers experiencing first-episode psychosis, consent was sought for a phone interview 6 months later. A semi-structured questionnaire was administered to evaluate and improve the inpatient meetings.
Results: Carers reported the meeting to be timely when it occurred within the first week of the consumer’s admission. A combination of verbal information, fact sheets, medication and carer information booklets, and DVD information to take away was valued. Follow up from the inpatient unit was appreciated. Further community-based psychoeducation was desired.
Conclusions: The evaluation suggests that carers of individuals experiencing first-episode psychosis require detailed information provision and support at the time of their family member’s admission.