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Service users’ experiences of life supported by an Irish mental health service still battling with implementing recovery-orientated principles

Murray, Emmet, Greene, Christina and McBride, Orla (2016) Service users’ experiences of life supported by an Irish mental health service still battling with implementing recovery-orientated principles. The Irish Journal of Psychology, 36 (1-4). pp. 23-38. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03033910.2016.1149501

DOI: 10.1080/03033910.2016.1149501

Abstract

Current Irish governmental policies advocate the development and evaluation of recovery-orientated mental health services. This study evaluated a new recovery-orientated mental health service in the Health Service Executive West region. During 2007–2008, long-term users of the service (N = 39) were interviewed to obtain their individual perspectives and experiences of attending the service. A semi-structured interview collected quantitative and qualitative data on seven recovery-related themes. Specific emphasis was placed on assessing performance-related tasks. Schizophrenia was the most common psychiatric diagnosis (46%). The results revealed that service users relied on the service for basic needs, including regular midday meals (90%), personal care (40%), and housing (50%). One-in-four service users correctly reported a psychiatric diagnosis that was consistent with their medical file. Although several service users were forthcoming with recommendations about how the service could change in the future, acquiescence was evident in a number of interviews. In conclusion, the service in this study essentially provides care for the service users, but does not empower them to live productive and goal-orientated lives. This practice does not appear to be congruent with current government policies advocating that mental health services adopt a model of least restrictive care in daily interactions with service users.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:service user; recovery; mental health; rehabilitation
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Research Institutes and Groups:Psychology Research Institute > Population Health Sciences and Mental Health Services
Psychology Research Institute
ID Code:39464
Deposited By: Dr Orla McBride
Deposited On:15 Feb 2018 12:12
Last Modified:15 Feb 2018 12:12

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