Psychosis 101: Evaluating a training programme for northern and remote youth mental health service providers

Chiachen Cheng, Wayne K. deRuiter, Andrew Howlett, Mark D. Hanson, Carolyn S Dewa

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Background: Most of the early psychosis intervention (EPI) training has focused on family physicians participants. In Northern Ontario, there is a shortage of primary care. This paper will present evaluation results of a pilot training programme for rural and remote youth mental health service providers. Method: A mixed methods approach was used. We evaluated a 2-day workshop about EPI for non-medical mental health workers delivered onsite and simultaneously by videoconferencing. There were 19 participants across four agencies. Seven were onsite and 12 were offsite. Participants' knowledge was measured using a validated questionnaire at pre-intervention and at 3-, 6- and 9-month follow up. A repeated measures ANOVA was used to evaluate knowledge acquisition between the two modes of training. At 6 months, focus group interviews were conducted to explore their experiences of the mode of intervention delivery and evaluation. Emerging themes were iteratively derived through a series of discussions involving independent coders. Results: Only 15 complete datasets were available of the 19 original participants. Differences in knowledge acquisition between the two groups did not reach statistical difference. Six-month focus group data indicated that participants improved their relationship with EPI services and they were part of a strengthened network with other providers in the region. Post-intervention, the accuracy of referrals from participating agencies increased dramatically, with an increase in proportion of referrals who were eligible for EPI services. The follow-up process engaged participants in learning and re-engaged them with the material taught during the training session. Conclusions: The results about developing service partnerships and relationship with specialist services are encouraging for policy and service decision-makers to address mental health service needs in northern and remote areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)442-450
Number of pages9
JournalEarly Intervention in Psychiatry
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Mental Health Services
Psychotic Disorders
Education
Focus Groups
Referral and Consultation
Videoconferencing
Health Services Needs and Demand
Family Physicians
Ontario
Primary Health Care
Analysis of Variance
Mental Health
Learning
Interviews

Keywords

  • Continuing education
  • Early psychosis intervention
  • Remote learning
  • Rural health service
  • Telepsychiatry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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Psychosis 101 : Evaluating a training programme for northern and remote youth mental health service providers. / Cheng, Chiachen; deRuiter, Wayne K.; Howlett, Andrew; Hanson, Mark D.; Dewa, Carolyn S.

In: Early Intervention in Psychiatry, Vol. 7, No. 4, 11.2013, p. 442-450.

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Cheng, Chiachen ; deRuiter, Wayne K. ; Howlett, Andrew ; Hanson, Mark D. ; Dewa, Carolyn S. / Psychosis 101 : Evaluating a training programme for northern and remote youth mental health service providers. In: Early Intervention in Psychiatry. 2013 ; Vol. 7, No. 4. pp. 442-450.
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