Mindfulness for Psychosis Groups; Description and preliminary evaluation of a novel routine care pathway in Hong Kong

KT Ting, Wendy Tam, Pamela Jacobsen

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Abstract

Background: There is no current guidance on where Mindfulness for Psychosis groups should best be situated within care pathways. The objectives of this paper are to 1) describe a novel care pathway tested out in a psychiatric outpatient service in Hong Kong, and 2) to present feasibility outcomes on attendance and drop-out, and routine clinical outcomes.
Methods: A new mindfulness pathway was set up, for service users with psychosis who had first completed a course of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for psychosis (CBTp). After attending an orientation ‘taster’ session, service users could then attended a 4-session weekly Mindfulness for Psychosis group, followed by optional monthly follow-up sessions.
Results: A high proportion of service users referred into the pathway (19/22; 86%) went on to attend a Mindfulness for Psychosis group after attending an orientation ‘taster’ session. Attendance at group sessions was high, with all participants attending at least 2/4 group sessions, and no drop-outs. Attendance at monthly follow-up groups was also high, with 84% (16/19) attending at least one monthly follow-up. Routine clinical outcome data showed a reduction in negative symptoms of psychosis, and an increase in mindfulness and mindful responding in daily life, from pre- to post group.
Conclusions: Offering service users with psychosis the opportunity to attend a Mindfulness for Psychosis group after completing a course of CBTp was highly acceptable, as evidenced by high attendance, and low drop-out. Possible benefits in terms of improving negative symptoms may be particularly important in promoting recovery through improved everyday functioning.
Original languageEnglish
Article number81
JournalInternational Journal of Mental Health Systems
Volume14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2020

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