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Peer support and skills training through an eating club for people with psychotic disorders: a feasibility study

Vogel, Jelle Sjoerd; Swart, Marte; Slade, Mike; Bruins, Jojanneke; van der Gaag, Mark; Castelein, Stynke

Authors

Jelle Sjoerd Vogel

Marte Swart

MIKE SLADE M.SLADE@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Professor in Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion

Jojanneke Bruins

Mark van der Gaag

Stynke Castelein



Abstract

Objective
The HospitalitY (HY) intervention is a novel recovery oriented intervention for people with psychotic disorders in which peer support and home-based skill training are combined in an eating club. A feasibility study was conducted to inform a subsequent randomised trial.

Methods
This study evaluated three eating clubs consisting of nine participants and three nurses. Semi-structured interviews and pre- and post-intervention measures (18 weeks) of personal recovery, quality of life and functioning were used to evaluate the intervention. Participants received individual skills training, guided by self-identified goals, while organising a dinner at their home. During each dinner, participants engaged in peer support, led by a nurse.

Results
In personal interviews participants reported positive effects on social support, loneliness, and self-esteem. Nurses reported that participants became more independent during the intervention. Participants were satisfied with the HY-intervention (attendance rate = 93%). All were able to organise a dinner for their peers with practical support from a nurse. Pre- and post -intervention measures did not show important improvements.

Limitations
Outcome measures were not sensitive to change, likely due to a short intervention period (5 months) and a limited number of participants (N = 9). Using Goal Attainment Scaling to evaluate personal goals turned out to be unfeasible.

Conclusions
The HY-intervention is feasible for participants with psychotic disorders. This study refined intervention and research design for the upcoming multicentre randomised controlled trial. We expect that the Experience Sampling Method will be more sensitive to changes in recovery outcomes than regular pre-post intervention measures.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Sep 30, 2019
Journal Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
Print ISSN 0005-7916
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 64
Pages 80-86
APA6 Citation Vogel, J. S., Swart, M., Slade, M., Bruins, J., van der Gaag, M., & Castelein, S. (2019). Peer support and skills training through an eating club for people with psychotic disorders: a feasibility study. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 64, 80-86. doi:10.1016/j.jbtep.2019.02.007
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbtep.2019.02.007
Keywords Loneliness; Mental health recovery; Nursing; Schizophrenia/rehabilitation; Social support
Publisher URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0005791618300387
Additional Information This article is maintained by: Elsevier; Article Title: Peer support and skills training through an eating club for people with psychotic disorders: A feasibility study; Journal Title: Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry; CrossRef DOI link to publisher maintained version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbtep.2019.02.007; Content Type: article; Copyright: © 2019 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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