An evaluation of the feasibility and effectiveness of a supported self management package for relatives of people with recent onset psychosis
The main aims are as follows:
Phase 1: To finalise a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) orientated self management intervention for relatives of people with recent onset psychosis
Phase 2: To determine the acceptability, feasibility and effectiveness of offering this intervention in an NHS Early Intervention Service for psychosis (EIS). To identify service user preferences for mode of delivery and method of use.
Phase 3: To modify the intervention in light of service user feedback and develop guidelines to disseminate and implement the intervention throughout the NHS
Sefton Research Ethics Committee, 21/08/2008, ref: 08/H1001/147
Randomised interventional treatment trial
Primary study design
Secondary study design
Randomised controlled trial
Patient information sheet
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Topic: Mental Health Research Network; Subtopic: Psychosis; Disease: Psychosis
Relatives randomised to the intervention arm will then meet with the relative support worker. This meeting will introduce them to the self management materials and discuss the format of support they will receive. Relatives will be given a choice of support including email, telephone and skype. These are all easy to set up and operate and are likely to increase the accessibility of the intervention. The package will be based on existing evidence based interventions.
Follow up length: 6 months.
Primary outcome measures
Self management intervention, measured with the General Health Questionnaire at baseline and at 6 months follow-up.
Secondary outcome measures
1. Carer Wellbeing and Support Scale
2. Experience of Caregiving Inventory
3. Relatives needs assessment
4. Service satisfaction
5. Relationship quality, measured using the Lobell Scale
6. Herth Hope Index
All measures are completed at baseline and at 6 months follow-up.
Overall trial start date
Overall trial end date
Participant inclusion criteria
1. Aged 18 years or older, either sex
2. Relative of individuals receiving input from Early Intervention Services for psychosis in participating trusts
Target number of participants
Planned Sample Size: 95; UK Sample Size: 95
Participant exclusion criteria
1. Aged less than 18 years
2. Difficulty understanding written and spoken English
Recruitment start date
Recruitment end date
Countries of recruitment
Trial participating centre
Associate Director of Spectrum Centre
Lancashire Care NHS Trust (UK)
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) (UK) - Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme
Funding Body Type
Funding Body Subtype
Results and Publications
Publication and dissemination plan
Not provided at time of registration
Intention to publish date
Participant level data
Not provided at time of registration
Results - basic reporting
Lobban F, Glentworth D, Wainwright L, Pinfold V, Chapman L, Larkin W, Dunn G, Postlethwaite A, Haddock G, Relatives Education And Coping Toolkit--REACT. Study protocol of a randomised controlled trial to assess the feasibility and effectiveness of a supported self management package for relatives of people with recent onset psychosis., BMC Psychiatry, 2011, 11, 100, doi: 10.1186/1471-244X-11-100.
Lobban F, Glentworth D, Chapman L, Wainwright L, Postlethwaite A, Dunn G, Pinfold V, Larkin W, Haddock G, Feasibility of a supported self-management intervention for relatives of people with recent-onset psychosis: REACT study., Br J Psychiatry, 2013, 203, 5, 366-372, doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.112.113613.