A nurse-led, needs-based psycho-education intervention for Chinese patients with first-onset mental illness

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China.
Contemporary nurse: a journal for the Australian nursing profession (Impact Factor: 0.65). 02/2012; 40(2):194-209. DOI: 10.5172/conu.2012.40.2.194
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To shorten the waiting time for psychiatric treatment, nurse-led services may help in the first-line mental health consultation and interventions for patients with recent first onset of mental illness.
The study evaluated the effectiveness of a six-session nurse-led, needs-based psycho-education program for Chinese patients with mental health problems newly referred to an outpatient clinic in Hong Kong, when compared with routine outpatient care.
A randomized controlled trial with a pre- and post-test, control group design was conducted. Seventy-nine patients were randomly assigned to either the nurse-led psycho-education program (N = 39), or to usual psychiatric outpatient care (N = 40). Multiple patient outcomes and services utilization were measured at recruitment and 2 weeks after the intervention.
The results of a multivariate analysis of variance test indicated that the psycho-education group had significantly greater improvements in mental and overall health status, insights into their treatment and illness, and hospitalization rates at the post-test. Implications: The findings provide evidence that nurse-led, needs-based psycho-education can improve mental health, self-efficacy and insights into mental illness in Chinese first-onset mentally ill patients. A future multi-center controlled trial of this nurse-led intervention is recommended.

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    • "To address these gaps in services and provide as early intervention as possible, nurse-led mental health services could be a useful alternative approach when specialist EIS provided by larger multi-disciplinary mental health care teams are not available. However, there is still relatively scant evidence about the efficacy of approaches in the care of people newly referred to psychiatric services with an acute episode of first-onset mental illness (Haddock and Lewis, 2005; Bertelsen et al., 2008; Chien et al., 2012). One of the few studies on a nurse-led self-harm assessment and treatment program in the United Kingdom indicated that the service was potentially cost-effective and resulted in a significant reduction of self-harm behaviors and physical injuries (Griffiths et al., 2001). "
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    • "Most studies used reliable and valid outcome measures to evaluate patient-important outcomes such as health status, quality of life, and satisfaction with care which strengthens the generalizability of the findings; however, some studies had very short-term follow-up periods (e.g., two weeks after the patient appointment) which may compromise generalizability of study findings over the long term [39, 48, 60]. "
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