Project 5 Development of an educational support intervention to enhance the care of people admitted involuntarily with psychosis

Project Theme Intervention & recovery in people with psychosis

A mixed methods participatory action project to co-design, deliver and evaluate an educational support intervention to enhance the care of people admitted involuntarily with psychosis

People experiencing psychosis who are involuntarily admitted often report the experience as traumatic, disempowering and an additional burden on top of the distress they are already experiencing as a result of their psychosis. The focus of this project is to develop and evaluate an education and support programme targeted towards people involuntarily admitted with psychosis, preceded by a staff education intervention and commencing at the early stages of the involuntary admission. The project will begin with a scoping review of interventions for people experiencing psychosis, which will provide the foundational knowledge for developing the intervention package for this project. The PhD scholar will work with service user representatives with experience of the detention process to co-designed the package using participatory action methods. They will be involved in providing educational activities directed at inpatient staff before delivering the package to individuals who have been involuntarily admitted to inpatient units in the Galway/Roscommon mental health services. They will work with a peer support worker to evaluate the intervention using both quantitative and qualitative methods.

This is a unique and exciting project to co-create a meaningful intervention to support individuals with psychosis who are involuntarily admitted to inpatient units.

Project team

Principal investigators
Dr. Colm McDonald (NUIG)
Professor Agnes Higgins (TCD)

Primary institutional base
National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG)
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