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Supporting recovery in a third sector alternative to psychiatric hospital admission: evaluation of routinely collected outcome data

John Larsen (Rethink Mental Illness, Evaluation Team, London, UK)
Christopher Griffiths (Rethink Mental Illness, Evaluation Team, London, UK)

The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice

ISSN: 1755-6228

Article publication date: 16 September 2013

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Abstract

Purpose

To evaluate the impact of crisis house admission in terms of mental health recovery and achievement of personal goals for people using the service.

Design/methodology/approach

Mental Health Recovery Star (Recovery Star) and Personal Goal Scoring data were collected at entry and exit points in routine practice as part of a bespoke support planning process from 722 adults using one of three Rethink Mental Illness Crisis Houses. The adults had mental illness diagnoses including depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, personality disorder, and anxiety disorder.

Findings

There were significant increases in all ten Recovery Star domains, for example: managing mental health (up 2.11 points (1-10 scale)), identity and self-esteem (up 1.56 points), trust and hope (up 1.48 points), and self-care (up 1.35 points). The analysis of Personal Goal Scoring data (scored on 1-10 scale) showed significant increases on how close people were to achieving their goals. For all goals listed there was an average increase of 2.5 point from 3 to 5.5, showing that people made progress during their stay in the service.

Practical implications

Services provided by the third sector may offer an important contribution to support people's recovery and prevent admission to psychiatric hospital.

Originality/value

The findings of the evaluation study support a growing body of evidence regarding the effectiveness of services offering alternatives to admission, and they highlight the value of using recovery-oriented support planning and outcome capture tools in routine practice.

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Citation

Larsen, J. and Griffiths, C. (2013), "Supporting recovery in a third sector alternative to psychiatric hospital admission: evaluation of routinely collected outcome data", The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 8 No. 3, pp. 116-125. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMHTEP-04-2013-0016

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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