Multifamily Groups and Single Family Intervention within an early psychosis service: Any differences in caregiver satisfaction?

Poster B16, Friday, October 21, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Le Baron

Hanne-Grethe Lyse1, Signe D Svendsen1, Marlene Buch Pedersen1, Jens Einar Jansen2, Ulrik Helt Haahr3, Erik Simonsen3; 1Early Psychosis Intervention Centre, Region Zealand, Denmark, 2Psychiatry South, Region Zealand, Denmark, 3Psychiatric Research Unit, Region Zealand, Denmark

Background: The importance of psychoeducative family-intervention in first episode psychosis (FEP) is well-established. The risk of relapse is diminished, and caregivers report less burden and greater satisfaction. Many studies document effect of both interventions , multifamily-groups and single-family intervention (MFG and SFI), but less is known as to which is most helpful and under what conditions. Aims: To examine differences in caregiver-satisfaction, depending on type of family- intervention (MFG or SFI). Material and method: Caregivers of patients in a FEP service (OPUS) with an ICD-10 diagnosis of F20-F29 (excl. F21), aged 18-35 years, in Psychiatry Region Zealand, Denmark. Inclusion period is 1.4.2011 – 31.3.2013. Half of the families are offered MFG, the other half SFI - both methods involving problemsolving. At 3 years follow-up caregivers’ satisfaction with family-intervention is evaluated by a Likert scale, from 1 (very unsatisfied) to 7 (very satisfied). The distance and transport from home to place of treatment is recorded. Results: Ninety-one out of 160 caregivers are assessed until now. Out of these 29.7 % have received SFI, 26.4 % MFG and 43.9 % received not- manualized family sessions. Two thirds report high to very high satisfaction; no significant differences between MFG and SFI. Just 10% report major differences in showing up. Conclusion: There seem to be no major differences in caregivers’ satisfaction, and few caregivers report difficulties showing up to treatment services. Identifying barriers in implementing family-intervention is needed, while only 56 % of the caregivers are included in the manualized family interventions.

Topic Area: First Episode Psychosis

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