Engagement, clinical outcomes and therapeutic process in online mindfulness for psychosis groups delivered in routine care

Lyn Ellett, Laura Dannahy, Paul Chadwick

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Abstract

Objectives
There is growing evidence for the benefit of mindfulness-based interventions (MBI) for people with psychosis. However, research is yet to evaluate the clinical benefit of delivering MBI groups online. We examine engagement, clinical outcomes, participant experience and therapeutic process of delivering therapy groups online in routine clinical practice.

Methods
The study used an uncontrolled pre-post design to examine engagement, therapeutic benefits (depression, anxiety, beliefs about voices) and group process in a 12-session online mindfulness group for individuals with a schizophrenia spectrum diagnosis with current distressing voices. Qualitative data on participant experience of online group therapy were analysed using Thematic Analysis.

Results
17/21 participants (81%) completed one of three consecutively run therapy groups. For completers there were significant reductions pre-post in depression, anxiety, beliefs about voices and voice-related negative affect, with medium to large effect sizes. There were individuals showing reliable and clinically significant improvements in each clinical outcome, and none showing reliable or clinically significant deterioriation. Participants’ rankings of the importance of different group therapeutic factors were very similar to those observed in face-to-face mindfulness for psychosis groups. Qualitative analysis of participant feedback identified three themes: ‘experience of online delivery’, ‘therapeutic benefits’ and ‘feeling connected to people in the group’.

Conclusions
Findings in relation to therapy engagement, clinical benefits, participant experience and group process offer encouragement that online delivery of mindfulness for psychosis groups may be a useful addition to mental health services for people with distressing voices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)467-476
Number of pages10
JournalPsychology and Psychotherapy Theory, Research and Practice
Volume95
Issue number2
Early online date20 Jan 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2022

Keywords

  • group therapy
  • mindfulness
  • online
  • psychosis
  • schizophrenia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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