Psychosocial interventions promoting personal recovery in people with schizophrenia: a scoping review protocol

BMJ Open. 2023 Dec 9;13(12):e073901. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2023-073901.


Introduction: Personal recovery is an important aspect for many individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia, as people can live rich, fulfilling lives despite ongoing symptoms. Prior reviews have found several factors to be associated with personal recovery, but a comprehensive overview of the psychosocial interventions aimed at improving personal recovery in schizophrenia is needed.

Methods and analysis: Key terms relating to personal recovery and psychosocial interventions to promote personal recovery will be searched for in the following databases: PubMed, EMBASE, PsycINFO, CINAHL, MEDLINE, Google Scholar, Web of Science Core Collection and Cochrane. Additionally, a simple search for grey literature will be conducted in The Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations. Two reviewers will individually screen and extract the data, and the selection of sources will be documented in a Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic reviews and Meta-Analyses flow chart. A content analysis will be conducted on the data, and the findings will be presented in tables, and narratively synthesised. Lastly, research gaps will be identified, and recommendations for future research will be proposed.

Ethics and dissemination: Ethics approval was not required for the development or publishing of this protocol. Findings will be disseminated through conferences, meeting with patient organisations and consumers, and published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

Keywords: PSYCHIATRY; Patient-Centered Care; Schizophrenia & psychotic disorders.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Psychosocial Intervention
  • Research Design
  • Schizophrenia* / therapy
  • Systematic Reviews as Topic