Family members’ experience of seeking help for first-episode psychosis on behalf of a loved one:a metasynthesis of qualitative research

Cairns, Victoria and Reid, Graeme and Murray, Craig (2015) Family members’ experience of seeking help for first-episode psychosis on behalf of a loved one:a metasynthesis of qualitative research. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 9 (3). pp. 185-199. ISSN 1751-7893

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Abstract

Aim Family members often play a vital role in seeking help for loved ones experiencing first-episode psychosis. Understanding this experience is crucial in facilitating the help-seeking process. Qualitative research offers valuable insight into the lived experience of family members who seek help on behalf of a loved one experiencing first-episode psychosis. Method The current research presents a systematic review of qualitative studies exploring the family member experience of seeking help for first-episode psychosis. Results A meta-synthesis of 13 qualitative studies has revealed four themes relating to family members' experience of seeking help for first-episode psychosis. These include a sense of not knowing, the reaching of crisis point, the impact upon the family member and the mediating role of interactions with others. A further synthesis of translation captures the interaction of these themes within this experience. Conclusions The findings provide a novel insight into this experience, suggesting implications for clinical practice. These include a focus upon the facilitation of early positive interactions with family members and for first-episode psychosis to be presented to families in a normalizing manner. The need for future research that examines the experience of those who do not seek help from health services is discussed.

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Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Early Intervention in Psychiatry
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10 Jun 2014 08:02
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Published
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