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Is it worthwhile to offer a daily 'bite-sized' recovery skills group to women on a psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU)?

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Research suggests that psychological interventions are necessary and effective for patients in acute mental health settings. Little research has been generated on the feasibility of brief psychological interventions for women in psychiatric intensive care units (PICU). This pilot evaluation aimed to gauge patients' perceptions of a dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT)-informed intervention, delivered in a 30-minute daily group, in the context of a female PICU.
Overall, patients endorsed session content as 'worthwhile' and the sessionlength as 'just right'. The DBT-informed skills were deemed 'helpful for the future'. These preliminary findings support the continuation of this novel, PICU-tailored intervention. Clinical and research implications are discussed.
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Keywords: ACUTE MENTAL HEALTH; BRIEF INTERVENTION; DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOUR THERAPY; PSYCHIATRIC INTENSIVE CARE UNIT; PSYCHOLOGICAL INTERVENTION

Document Type: Conference Report

Publication date: April 1, 2020

This article was made available online on February 12, 2020 as a Fast Track article with title: "Is it worthwhile to offer a daily ‘bite-sized’ recovery skills group to women on a psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU)?".

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  • Published twice a year, the Journal of Psychiatric Intensive Care is devoted to issues affecting the care and treatment of people with mental disorders who manifest severely disturbed functioning. The journal is international and multidisciplinary. It provides stimulating papers and articles of interest to those who work in or study psychiatric intensive care, low secure services, acute inpatient wards, challenging behaviour environments, emergency psychiatry, or intensive treatments settings in other parts of the wider mental health system. The Journal of Psychiatric Intensive Care encourages informed debate and exchange of opinion. Its content includes editorials, original research, brief reports, reviews, conference reports, news and notices, but preference is given to original research of a high scientific quality.
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