A qualitative exploration of the recovery experiences of consumers who had undertaken shared management, person-centred and self-directed services
2014 (English)In: International Journal of Mental Health Systems, ISSN 1752-4458, Vol. 8, no 23Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background: The mental health sector across states in Australia is moving to offering individualised funds and shared management, person-centred and self-directed (SPS) services. However, little is known about the recovery experiences of consumers with mental illness who had used a SPS service that was recently introduced in Western Australia. This study explored the recovery experiences of these consumers. Methods: Data relating to sixteen consumers lived experiences were analysed using an abbreviated grounded theory approach. These data had been developed in the past by consumers, the Guides (staff) and an independent evaluator. Results: Four over-arching categories, and related sub-categories, emerged. These suggested that consumers recovery experiences included them gaining: 1) a greater sense of empowerment; 2) expanded connections with the community, others and the self; 3) an enriched sense of the self; and 4) an enhanced quality of life. Conclusions: Access to SPS services, including having access to individualised funds, high quality shared management and person-centred relationships with the Guides, and a chance to self-direct services enabled consumers to have control over all aspects of their recovery journey, facilitated change and growth, and improved their capacity to self-direct services. Most consumers encountered a number of positive recovery experiences at varied levels that enhanced their lived experiences.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
BioMed Central, 2014. Vol. 8, no 23
Grounded theory; Mental health reformation; Self-direction
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-109268DOI: 10.1186/1752-4458-8-23ISI: 000338362200001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-109268DiVA: diva2:737146