The purpose of this paper is to present a qualitative analysis of the facilitators of recovery in in-patient psychiatric rehabilitation from the service users’ perspective.
Interviews with 31 in-patients were coded and analysed thematically at an interpretive level using an inductive approach.
The dominant themes identified were hope, agency, relationships and opportunity. Totally, 20 subthemes were identified. Agency was more important to men than women and agency, hope and relationships were all more important to detained patients.
Interview data were collected in writing rather than taped. The results may not be transferrable to patient populations with significantly different demographic or service factors.
Services need to target interventions at the areas identified by service users as important in their recovery. The findings suggest both environmental and relational aspects of care that may optimise recovery. Services also need to be able to measure the quality of the care they provide. A brief, culturally valid and psychometrically assessed instrument for measuring the recovery orientation of services is required.
As far as the authors are aware no qualitative work to date has examined the recovery experiences of psychiatric rehabilitation in-patient service users in order to understand what services require to do to enable recovery from their perspective. The conceptual framework identified in this paper can be used to develop a service user self-report measure of the recovery orientation of services.
Bredski, J., Forsyth, K., Mountain, D., Harrison, M., Irvine, L. and Maciver, D. (2015), "What in-patients want: a qualitative study of what's important to mental health service users in their recovery (Wayfinder Partnership)", Mental Health Review Journal, Vol. 20 No. 1, pp. 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1108/MHRJ-02-2014-0003
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