Computer-based education for patients with psychosis
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Computer-based education for patients with psychosis

Helen Walker Clinical nurse researcher, Practice development department, the State Hospital, Carstairs, Lanarkshire

Aim To evaluate the use of a computer-delivered psycho-education programme which tries to improve patients’ knowledge and understanding of psychosis.

Method The study used a qualitative approach to gather opinions from participants (n=10) using semi-structured interviews.

Findings The results indicated that patients in forensic psychiatry were able to use the CD-ROM with relative ease. They found it acceptable and enjoyable to use and had little difficulty working through the programme and developing their own relapse prevention plan.

Conclusion The study suggests that patients with psychosis are willing to try new ways to learn about their illness and enjoy learning about a complex and sensitive subject. CD-ROM is a useful way to deliver information on psychosis, which may appeal to the younger patient population, who are more familiar with computer technology.

Nursing Standard. 20, 30, 49-56. doi: 10.7748/ns2006.04.20.30.49.c4113

Correspondence

helen.walker@tsh.scot.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review