Early therapeutic alliance, treatment retention, and 12-month outcomes in a healthy lifestyles intervention for people with psychotic disorders

Michelle Andrews, Amanda L. Baker, Sean A. Halpin, Terry J. Lewin, Robyn Richmond, Frances J. Kay-Lambkin, Sacha L. Filia, David Castle, Jill M. Williams, Vanessa Clark, Robin Callister

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Abstract

Engaging and retaining individuals with psychotic disorders in psychosocial treatments is difficult. Early therapeutic alliance, treatment retention, and 12-month outcomes were examined in a subsample of smokers with a psychotic disorder (N = 178) participating in a healthy lifestyles study comparing a telephone versus face-to-face delivered intervention. Therapeutic alliance was assessed using the Agnew Relationship Measure; primary outcomes were treatment retention and changes in symptoms and health behaviors. Contrary to expectations, early alliance did not predict treatment retention. However, elements of both client- and therapist-rated alliance predicted some clinical outcomes (e.g., higher confidence in the therapeutic alliance at session 1 predicted improvements in 12-month depression). Some modest interactions between early alliance and intervention condition were also identified (e.g., clients initially with lower self-perceived initiative, or higher therapist-perceived bonding benefited preferentially from the telephone-delivered intervention), highlighting the need to further examine the interplay between therapeutic alliance and treatment modality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)894-902
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Volume204
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016

Keywords

  • Predictors
  • psychosis
  • telephone-delivered treatment modality
  • therapeutic alliance
  • treatment retention

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Andrews, M., Baker, A. L., Halpin, S. A., Lewin, T. J., Richmond, R., Kay-Lambkin, F. J., Filia, S. L., Castle, D., Williams, J. M., Clark, V., & Callister, R. (2016). Early therapeutic alliance, treatment retention, and 12-month outcomes in a healthy lifestyles intervention for people with psychotic disorders. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 204(12), 894-902. https://doi.org/10.1097/NMD.0000000000000585