Pragmatic, feasibility randomized controlled trial of a recorded mental health recovery narrative intervention: narrative experiences online intervention for informal carers (NEON-C)

the NEON Study Group, Fiona Ng, Stefan Rennick-Egglestone, Juliana Onwumere, Christopher Newby, Joy Llewellyn-Beardsley, Caroline Yeo, Yasmin Ali, Kristian Pollock, Yasuhiro Kotera, Scott Pomberth, Sean p. Gavan, Lian Van der krieke, Dan Robotham, Steve Gillard, Graham Thornicroft, Mike Slade

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Abstract

Introduction: Informal carers of people with mental health problems often have unmet support needs. Mental health recovery narratives are increasingly accessible, but their relevance to and effect on informal carers have been minimally investigated. The Narrative Experiences Online (NEON) Intervention is a first-in-field intervention that provides informal carers with access to a diverse collection of recorded mental health recovery narratives. This trial aimed to examine the feasibility and acceptability of the NEON Intervention for informal carers.

Methods: This study involved a two-arm feasibility randomized controlled trial. Carers were randomly assigned to receiving versus not receiving the NEON Intervention. The feasibility aspects investigated included the acceptability of the intervention and of randomization, trial processes, engagement rates, recruitment procedures, attrition, sample size estimation, identification of candidate primary and secondary outcomes, and the feasibility of conducting a definitive trial. A qualitative process evaluation was conducted.

Findings: A total of 121 carers were eligible, of whom 54 were randomized (intervention: 27, control: 27). Twelve-month follow-up data were available for 36 carers. Carers accessed a mean of 25 narratives over a 12-month period, and the intervention group, compared with the control group, reported a small effect on hope and a moderate effect on the presence of meaning in life. Five modifications were recommended to improve the user experience, applicability, and trial processes.

Discussion: The NEON Intervention is feasible and acceptable. Significant refinement of the NEON Intervention and trial processes is required to personalize and ensure applicability to carers. Further feasibility testing is recommended prior to a definitive trial.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFrontiers in Psychiatry
Volume14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jan 2024

Keywords

  • mental health
  • recovery
  • recovery narratives
  • carers
  • NEON intervention
  • recommender system
  • digital health intervention
  • online intervention

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