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Health Promot Perspect. 2018 Apr 18;8(2):163-166. doi: 10.15171/hpp.2018.21. eCollection 2018.

Managing information gaps on caregivers of psychotic patients in primary health settings of Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

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1
Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
2
Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Muhammadiyah University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
3
Wonosari district hospital, Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
4
Kasihan 2 Primary health center, Bantul, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Abstract

Background: Information gaps hinder the management of psychotic patients. Incorporating mental health services into primary care might solve the problem. Health workers can be trained to provide psycho-education for caregivers of psychotic patients. Methods: This study was a two stage experimental study. In the first stage, 43 health workers were trained to provide a psycho-education for caregivers of psychotic patients. Next, 10 health workers were selected to provide the psycho-education. Participants were family caregivers of psychotic patients (n = 113) randomly assigned to control and intervention groups. Pre- and post-tests were conducted to assess the results. Statistical analyses were conducted using paired t tests and analysis of covariance (ANCOVA). Results: The intervention group scored higher for Knowledge of Psychosis at post-test. Both groups showed significant increase of knowledge (paired t tests: P<0.001; P<0.001; respectively) and the increases were not significantly different between the groups (ANCOVA: P=0.057). Conclusion: Psycho-education was applicable in primary care settings. Training primary care health workers is a feasible method to address information gaps in the management of mental health problems.

KEYWORDS:

Brief psychoeducation; Family caregivers; Primary health center; Psychotic disorders

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