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Table 6 Items endorsed and rejected and correlations by Delphi questionnaire sections

From: Offering mental health first aid to a person experiencing psychosis: a Delphi study to redevelop the guidelines published in 2008

Topic # endorsed # rejected Correlation between panel ratings (Pearson’s r)
Round 1 Round 2
r df p r df p
Recognising and acknowledging that someone may be experiencing psychosis 16 2 .75 14 .000   
Knowing about psychosis 13 2 .35 11 .120   
When and how to approach the person 9 11 .96 18 .000   
Guidelines for good communication 8 9 1.0 7 .000   
Dealing with problems during the conversation 14 5 .95 17 .000   
Being supportive and understanding 18 6 .96 22 .000   
Treating the person with dignity and respect 9 2 .94 9 .000   
Encouraging professional help—general 6 6 .80 10 .001   
Supporting the person to seek professional help 6 8 .75 12 .001   
If the person doesn’t want professional help 10 2 .93 10 .000   
Responding to hallucinations and delusions 10 11 .96 19 .000   
Safety considerations when the person is in a severe psychotic state or behaving aggressively 27 5 .96 31 .000   
Communicating with the person when they are in a severe psychotic state or behaving aggressively 12 12 .97 22 .000   
De-escalation when the person is in a severe psychotic state or behaving aggressively 31 4 .39 33 .010    
Seeking help for the person when they are in a severe psychotic state or behaving aggressively 2 8    .41 8 .120
Calling emergency services for help when the person is in a severe psychotic state or behaving aggressively 18 0 .45 16 .030    
  1. Correlations are not reported for sections where there were less than 10 items rated. Correlations for Round 3 have not been provided as there were not enough ratings to determine a valid correlation coefficient