For people identified as experiencing a first episode of psychosis, how effective are family-based interventions compared with any other or no intervention in improving all recovery outcomes?
Plain Language Summary
Only one suitably designed research project has looked
exclusively at a family intervention for people experiencing a
first episode of psychosis. The results showed no benefit of family
intervention on any recovery outcomes, but we don't know if this is
accurate or misleading because of weaknesses in the study.
Clinical and research implications
One small, poor quality randomised controlled trial, with a high
drop-out rate, found that a brief educational and advice
intervention for carers of people experiencing first episode
psychosis had no significant effect on outcomes for patients or
carers. However, the findings of this study are unlikely to be
reliable and further research is needed to adequately assess the
effects of the range of family-based interventions available on
outcomes for people with first episode psychosis.
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