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Implementing co-production in mental health organizations

Eleonora Gheduzzi (Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy)
Cristina Masella (Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy)
Federica Segato (Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy)

The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice

ISSN: 1755-6228

Article publication date: 25 September 2019

Issue publication date: 16 October 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to study four cases of the adoption of co-production and compare them according to the type of user involvement, contextual factors and the organizational structure.

Design/methodology/approach

In total, 30 interviews were conducted in four mental health organizations which are implementing co-production in the North of Italy. Interviews were conducted with clinicians, nurses, patients and family members. The data collected was triangulated with further sources and official documents of organizations. The results have been compared by means of a validated international framework (IAP2) regarding the contextual factors and the level of co-production adopted.

Findings

The adoption of co-production in the four cases differs by the activities implemented and how organizations involve informal actors. It seems to be influenced by the contextual factors specific to each organization: power, professionals’ opinions and leadership. Organizations whose practitioners and leaders are willing to distribute their power and value informal actors’ opinions seem to facilitate the systematic involvement of users. Overall, the results highlight the importance of considering contextual factors when evaluating and describing co-production activities.

Originality/value

This paper contributes to describing how mental health organizations are implementing co-production. It examines the influence of contextual factors on the type of co-production adopted.

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Citation

Gheduzzi, E., Masella, C. and Segato, F. (2019), "Implementing co-production in mental health organizations", The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 14 No. 6, pp. 480-492. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMHTEP-01-2019-0008

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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