The purpose of this study was to utilise a lived experience (LE) informed/co-designed approach to explore the service-user experience of using the reasons for use package (RFUP) within a youth residential rehabilitation mental health setting.
LE researchers (those who have lived through mental illness or distress), Master of social work students, a community of mental health service manager, community of mental health researchers, dual diagnosis service researchers and university-based researchers collaborated on the project. The study used an exploratory, qualitative approach of semi-structured interviews to invite young people's experiences of the resource. The research team conducted a collaborative thematic analysis drawing on the range of perspectives.
Through five interviews with young people, key themes identified included: client factors and extra-therapeutic events, relationship factors, technique/model factors/delivery and outcomes/things noticed.
The RFUP was a useful clinical tool with the young people in this pilot as it improved awareness of reasons for drug use and impact on mental health, service user to staff relationship, quality of the resource, mode of delivery and participant self-knowledge.
Young people valued the supportive role that the RFUP played in facilitating positive relationships with their workers.
The authors acknowledge early design contributions from LE researcher Greta Baumgartel, data collection contributions from MSW student Alice Borthwick-Peters, recruitment assistance from Service Manager Aida Gogelyte – who played a pivotal role is supporting the study – and MHCSS ethical oversight from Priscilla Ennals, Senior Manager – Research and Evaluations.
Kroes, S., Myers, K., McLoughlan, G., O'Connor, S., Keily, E. and Petrakis, M. (2023), "Coproduction in evaluating a dual diagnosis tool with youth in a residential mental health service", Advances in Dual Diagnosis, Vol. 16 No. 2, pp. 92-106. https://doi.org/10.1108/ADD-06-2022-0017
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