The challenges of engaging individuals at high risk of developing psychosis reflections from research assistants within a randomised control trial

Emma Izon, Karmen Au-Yeung, Wendy Jones

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Abstract

Background: Individuals at risk of psychosis typically underutilise mental
health services and disengage from clinical trials. Their family context,
culture and beliefs about service involvement may influence their motivation
and likelihood to engage.
Method: Reflections and quotes collected from research assistants (RAs)
on the Individual and Family Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (IFCBT) trial
were examined.
Results: Individuals and family members experienced stressful life events.
RAs developed strategies to further engage service users, including flexible,
after-hours appointments and liaising with family members.
Discussion: Service users’ disengagement may be linked to prior service
dissatisfaction, busy lifestyles and positive perceptions of their health.
Involving families could help improve and facilitate long-term
engagement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1
Number of pages9
JournalPsychosis: Psychological, Social and Integrative Approaches.
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jun 2020

Keywords

  • Psychosis
  • high-risk
  • early intervention
  • engagement
  • clinical trial

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