Client and Family Responses to an Open Dialogue Approach in Early Intervention in Psychosis: A Prospective Qualitative Case Study

Niels Buus, Andrea McCloughen

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The aim of this prospective case study was to explore clients’ and social network members’ responses to participating in a newly implemented Open Dialogue approach in an Australian early intervention in psychosis treatment context. We followed four clients’ trajectories through treatment by drawing on data from electronic medical record entries, observed or audio-recorded network meetings, and client and family interviews. Data were analysed thematically. Clients and families generally appreciated the Open Dialogue approach, even though it created hard practical and psychosocial work for them before, during and in between meetings. We discuss the increased workload as responsibilization of families.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)308–316
Number of pages9
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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