The experience of recovery from the perspective of people with common mental health problems : findings from a telephone survey

McEvoy, P, Schauman, O, Mansell, W and Morris, LE ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3337-8144 2012, 'The experience of recovery from the perspective of people with common mental health problems : findings from a telephone survey' , International Journal of Nursing Studies, 49 (11) , pp. 1375-1382.

Full text not available from this repository. (Request a copy)

Abstract

Background: For people with common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety related disorders the understanding of what recovery means and what it may entail is less fully developed than for people with less common mental health problems such as schizophrenia.

Aim: The aim of this telephone survey was to obtain a clearer conception and better understanding of the value of recovery from the perspective of service users who have experienced common mental health problems.

Methods: Data was collected from telephone interviews with 98 service users using a mixture of quantitative and qualitative methods.

Results: The service users’ quantitative ratings of their subjective improvement indicated that recovery was a state of being that was manifestly different from the experience of being unwell. The data from the qualitative interviews corroborated these findings. A central theme that also emerged from the analysis of the data was that recovery was associated with having a greater sense of balance and control. Service users indicated that this sense of balance and control operated on many levels, however it was most significant in the context of dealing with their most salient concerns and pursuing their personal goals.

Conclusion: More emphasis may need to be placed on enabling service users to identify their salient concerns and pursue their personal goals in order to give them the sense of balance and control they are looking for.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Nursing Studies
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0020-7489
Depositing User: LE Morris
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2019 10:57
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2019 10:57
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/50450

Actions (login required)

Edit record (repository staff only) Edit record (repository staff only)