A randomised controlled trial to explore insight into psychosis: Effects of a psycho-education programme on insight in a forensic population

Helen Walker, Lindsay Tulloch, Mark Ramm, Emma Drysdale, Alan Steel, Colin Martin, Gary MacPherson, Jennifer Connaughton

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A psycho-education programme for people with psychosis has been
delivered across forensic services for years. A multi-site randomised
controlled trial was carried out over a three and a half year period, to
review the effectiveness of the programme. A range of psychometric
instruments were used to measure the following: insight; knowledge of
psychosis; general mental health, including depression, quality of life, and social behaviour. Results from (n = 81) indicate a significant improvement in knowledge and empathy. An improvement was also noted in the measures of insight, mental health, and quality of life, although they did not reach significance. In conclusion, psycho-education has a place in forensic clinical practice. It is recommended that psycho-education programmes are used across the forensic network as part of a package of care, to improve the patient experience and reduce the likelihood of re-offending.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)756-771
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 5 Nov 2013



  • randomised
  • psychosis
  • mentally disordered offenders
  • intervention
  • forensic mental health

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