A controlled trial of a needs-based, nurse-led psychoeducation programme for Chinese patients with first-onset mental disorders: 6 month follow up

Wai Tong Chien, Sau Fong Leung

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The study reported herein a randomized controlled trial was conducted to test the effectiveness of a nurse-led, needs-based psycho-education program for Chinese patients with first-onset mental illness over a 6-month follow-up. Ninety-six families of Chinese patients with schizophrenia newly referred to one outpatient clinic in Hong Kong were randomly assigned to a nurse-led psycho-education program or usual outpatient care, each comprising 48 subjects. The patients' mental health, illness insight, self-efficacy, services utilization, and hospitalization rates were measured at recruitment and at one week and six months post-intervention. The patients in the psycho-education program reported significantly greater improvements in mental health, insights into treatment and illness, and hospitalization rates over the 6-month follow-up, when compared with those who received usual care. The findings provide evidence that the needs-based, nurse-led psycho-education program can improve the health conditions and treatment insights of Chinese out-patients with first-onset mental illness.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-13
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Practice
Issue numberSUPPL1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2013


  • Controlled trial
  • First-episode mental illness
  • Needs-based intervention
  • Psychoeducation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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