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Service user involvement in health professional education: is it effective in promoting recovery-oriented practice?

Karen Arblaster (Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia and University of Western Sydney, Sydney, Australia)
Lynette Mackenzie (Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia)
Karen Willis (Faculty of Health Sciences, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia)

The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice

ISSN: 1755-6228

Article publication date: 2 November 2015

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to evaluate how mental health service user involvement in health professional education adds value to student learning about recovery-oriented practice and to determine the quality and suitability of instruments used in studies to evaluate this involvement in terms of their: relationship to recovery-oriented practice; and psychometric properties.

Design/methodology/approach

Studies of service user involvement were reviewed to identify their research objectives. These were mapped against an Australian recovery-oriented practice capability framework together with the constructs measured by instruments used in these studies. Psychometric properties for each instrument were evaluated using the COSMIN checklist.

Findings

While research objectives are not stated in terms of recovery-oriented practice, they do relate to some elements of a recovery-oriented practice framework. No instrument measures outcomes against all recovery-oriented practice domains. The AQ has the strongest evidence for its psychometric properties. The most commonly used instrument measures only stigma and has poorly validated psychometric properties.

Originality/value

This paper demonstrates that the “value add” of service user involvement in health professional education has been poorly defined and measured to date. Learning from lived experience is central to a recovery-orientation and is an expectation of health professional education programmes. Defining objectives for service user involvement in terms of recovery-oriented practice and developing an instrument which measures student learning against these objectives are important areas for ongoing research supporting improved approaches to supporting people’s recovery.

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Citation

Arblaster, K., Mackenzie, L. and Willis, K. (2015), "Service user involvement in health professional education: is it effective in promoting recovery-oriented practice?", The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 10 No. 5, pp. 325-336. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMHTEP-04-2015-0016

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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