From evidence to realities: psychosocial intervention provision in Australian routine community mental health practice

E. Fossey, C. Harvey, P. Ennals, A. Wiggins, J. Farhall

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Background: This study explored care co-ordinator reports about provision of six evidence-based psychosocial interventions (PSIs) for people living with psychosis, to better understand decision-making about provision. Methods: Conducted as an adjunct to the Second Australian National Survey of Psychosis in one catchment area, care co-ordinators completed a structured interview about evidence-based PSIs provided to 33 consumers as part of their community mental health care. Descriptive analyses were conducted. Results: Care co-ordinators reported most consumers were provided at least one of the PSIs during the previous year; all were provided at least one non-evidence-based, typically briefer or simpler, alternative. Relapse Prevention Planning using early warning signs was reported as most provided; Family Psychoeducation was the least provided but rated as most helpful. The primary reason for non-provision of PSIs was that they had not been offered, with lack of relevance the most cited explanation. Conclusions: PSIs may be more commonly provided than previously reported, if non-evidence-based alternatives are also considered: reasons for not offering evidence-based PSIs require further study. Meaningful guidelines are needed about when and how to offer PSIs in collaborative practice, including briefer or simpler interventions when preferred over more complex interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-167
Number of pages13
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2023


  • community mental health practice
  • evidence based practice
  • implementation
  • psychosis
  • Psychosocial intervention

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