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Seminar – Effects of a Mindfulness-based Bibliotherapy Group Programme for Early-stage Psychosis
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Seminar by
Professor Wai-Tong Chien
School of Nursing
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University


Psychoeducation and other psychosocial interventions in psychosis are evidenced to improve patients’ knowledge of illness, mental state and relapse rate. Nevertheless, other benefits to patients such their functioning and insight into the illness, or to be substantive in a longer term (e.g., >1 year), are inconsistent and uncertain, especially in non-Western countries. This single-blind multi-site RCT was to test the effects of a 6-month mindfulness-based bibliotherapy (manual reading) group programme (MBBP) for adult patients with early-stage psychosis over an 18-month follow-up, compared with a conventional psycho-education group and treatment-as-usual only. The trial was conducted with repeated-measures, 3-arm design at six outpatient clinics across three cities (HK, Jilin and Kao Hsiung). A random sample of 342 outpatients with early psychosis (114 from city) were randomly assigned into one of the three arms after baseline measurement. Primary outcomes included level of functioning and re-hospitalisation rates measured at baseline and 1 week, 6-month and 18-month follow-up.311 (91%) participants completed the three post-tests. Results of MANOVA test showed that the MBBP reported significant greater improvements in psychosocial functioning, average duration of hospitalisations, psychotic symptoms, and insight into the illness, than the other two study groups over the 18-month follow-up. The MBBP has potential to integrate into routine practice to provide long-term benefits in psychotic patients’ mental state, re-admissions, functioning, and even illness insight. It is equally important to note that the use of MBBP would not increase demands for other community mental health services.

About the speaker:

Professor Wai-Tong Chien is a Professor in mental health nursing at School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University since 2010. He has appointed as an Associate Dean, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, at The Polytechnic University in 2017. As an advanced practice (mental health) nurse and active researcher, Professor Chien has strived to improve mental health in his native Hong Kong SAR, China in the past 30 years through research, advocacy and mental health promotion. He has established and tested the effects of psycho-education, motivational interviewing, mindfulness-based, mutual support group, and other psychosocial intervention programmes for community-resided people with mental health problems and their family members in Chinese communities. He has contributed to the development of education curriculum, licensure and practice guidelines of psychiatric/mental health nursing and reviews of research proposals and publications in the international and national Nursing Boards or funding bodies. In addition, Professor Chien has obtained over 30 health research grants with over HKD20,000,000 (>US$2,600,000) and published over 130 articles in peer-reviewed international nursing, psychiatric or health care journals, and substantial numbers of conference papers and book chapters.

Date/Time13/03/2018 14:30-15:30
VenueMrs Chen Yang Foo Oi Telemedicine Centre, 2/F, William MW Mong Block, LKS Faculty of Medicine

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