The supportive care needs of individuals recovering from first episode psychosis: A scoping review

Ellen L. Davies, Andrea L. Gordon, Lemuel J. Pelentsov, Adrian J. Esterman

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Background: First episode psychosis (FEP) can be a traumatic experience that may alter an individual's ability to meet their own needs. The Supportive Care Needs Framework (SCNF) could complement the recovery-oriented, person-centred approach that is the current foundation of mental health care. Aim: To identify the supportive care needs (SCNs) of individuals recovering from a FEP. Methods: A scoping review of the literature was undertaken. Review questions were developed, and relevant studies were identified through database and hand searches of peer-reviewed journal articles. Data from selected articles were tabulated, and contextual meaning was given to the data through a process of collating, summarizing, and reporting. Results: A total of 14 peer-reviewed journal articles met inclusion criteria. SCNs were identified at different stages of recovery, ranging from initial treatment to 7 years postdiagnosis. Emotional, informational, practical, psychological, and social needs were identified in over half of the included articles, while needs in the physical and spiritual domains were identified in less than five. Conclusions: Unmet needs in each of the seven domains of need of the SCNF were identified in this population. There are a number of gaps in the literature relating to the specific needs of this population and the timing for which individuals may require more supportive care in their recovery journey.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-14
Number of pages9
JournalPerspectives in psychiatric care
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • first episode psychosis, FEP
  • needs assessment
  • scoping review
  • supportive care needs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health


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