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A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of a Pilot Psychosocial Intervention Group for Older People with Schizophrenia

  • Katherine Berry (a1), Nitin Purandare (a1), Richard Drake (a1), Richard Elmsley (a1), Lisa Jones (a1) and Christine Barrowclough (a1)...


Background: There is a strong evidence base for psychological treatments in younger adults with schizophrenia, but limited work has been done on adapting these interventions for older people. Aims: We describe a study of a pilot psychosocial intervention group specifically designed to meet the needs of older people with schizophrenia in NHS settings. Method: We used a mixed-methods approach to evaluate the group. We assessed feasibility and acceptability by monitoring uptake and retention in the study. We used a within groups design comparing participants on a range of potentially relevant outcomes at baseline and posttreatment. Treatment acceptability was also assessed by semi-structured interviews conducted at the end of treatment. Results: We recruited 11 participants to the study and 7 of these completed the majority of the group sessions. At a group level participants made improvements in self-esteem and negative symptoms that were statistically significant even in this small sample. Feedback interviews suggested that participants valued the social contact provided by the group and made actual changes in their day-to-day lives as a result of attending. Conclusion: The intervention could offer help with some of the secondary disability associated with the diagnosis of schizophrenia and is acceptable to older adults. Further evaluation is, however, warranted.


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A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of a Pilot Psychosocial Intervention Group for Older People with Schizophrenia

  • Katherine Berry (a1), Nitin Purandare (a1), Richard Drake (a1), Richard Elmsley (a1), Lisa Jones (a1) and Christine Barrowclough (a1)...


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A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of a Pilot Psychosocial Intervention Group for Older People with Schizophrenia

  • Katherine Berry (a1), Nitin Purandare (a1), Richard Drake (a1), Richard Elmsley (a1), Lisa Jones (a1) and Christine Barrowclough (a1)...
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