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Development and implementation of fidelity assessment in first episode psychosis services in Czechia: A pilot study

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Aim The aim of the study was to evaluate fidelity in first episode psychosis (FEP) teams in Czechia and to gage the feasibility and utility of the process in a mental health system that is undergoing a transformation. Methods Fidelity assessment was conducted using The First Episode Psychosis Services Fidelity Scale (FEPS-FS).

Fidelity assessment was based on a review of data abstracted from the health records of active clients, program documents, administrative data, and interviews with members of staff. The mean scores were compared across the teams.

Feasibility and utility were assessed by program response to their fidelity results. Results Three FEP teams were involved in the fidelity assessment.

Across the 35 items, the mean fidelity score ranged from 2.5 to 3.1. Across the FEP teams, the percentage of the 35 items rated as 4 or 5 (satisfactory or exemplary) ranged from 34.3% to 51.4%.

Conclusions This study provided an opportunity to implement FEPS-FS and assess fidelity in FEP teams in Czechia. The fidelity assessment also provided a baseline for measuring change.