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The development & pilot study of a remote telephone intervention for carers of individuals with psychosis: TICIP study

Price-Evans, K. (2018). The development & pilot study of a remote telephone intervention for carers of individuals with psychosis: TICIP study. (Unpublished Doctoral thesis, City, University of London)

Abstract

Background: Carers play a pivotal role in the provision of care to individuals with psychosis improving service user recovery, which also saves the NHS millions of pounds. Carers nevertheless often suffer degradation to their quality of life and may experience anxiety, stress, depression, post-traumatic stress and burnout. And yet there are few carer specific interventions and little targeted support to meet carers needs.

Aims: To develop and pilot a guided self-help telephone intervention for carers (TICIP) to target their wellbeing: specifically, to decrease anxiety, depression and stress and increase quality of life.

Method: A small pilot study (n=16) was conducted as a waitlist control outcome study. Participants (n = 16) were randomised; to either receive the intervention immediately (n = 7) or act as the control in the waitlist control group (n = 9). The groups were crossed over following the intervention.

Results: Results indicated that the TICIP had a significant effect, reducing anxiety, stress and depression and increasing quality of life. Although results were overwhelmingly positive, the intervention is still in its development phase and results need to be interpreted with caution. However, there is potential for further research, particularly with regard to ‘accessibility’, which could substantiate the initial results and greatly extend the usefulness of the study.

Publication Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Doctoral Theses
Doctoral Theses > School of Arts and Social Sciences
School of Arts & Social Sciences > Psychology
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/21239
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