Free Content Pro-motion:A Positive Way Forward for Clients with Severe and Enduring Mental Health Problems Living in the Community, Part 2

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This is the second part of a two-part article describing a clinical therapeutic intervention, planned and organised by a senior occupational therapist and mental health nursing staff for clients with severe and enduring mental health problems living in the community. The six participants had a diagnosis of schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder or bipolar illness. Four were receiving the atypical antipsychotic medication, Clozapine. One was receiving Olanzapine, also atypical, and the last was receiving traditional antipsychotic medication, a phenothiazine. These clients were all receiving long-term support from the mental health rehabilitation unit. Participation was voluntary and each client gave written consent to participate and for the findings to be published later.

Part 1 described the aims and objectives of the initial group, the selection criteria, and the content and process of the group over a period of 6 weeks. Part 2 describes a subsequent group held with the same clients for another 6 weeks. The outcome measures used in part 1 were the Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) (Beck and Steer 1993) and the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) (Speilberger 1983) together with verbal and written evaluation. In the second group, it was decided not to repeat the use of the BAI and STAI; instead, a more detailed qualitative questionnaire was issued. The reasons for this are explained.

Part 2 goes on to describe the progress of the subsequent group and gives a brief overview of what has happened in further groups since. Client evaluations are illustrated by two case vignettes. The benefits to the other clients are highlighted, together with the possible drawbacks. There is discussion about the possible potential for such groups in the future.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2003

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at http://www.cot.co.uk/british-journal-bjot/british-journal-occupational-therapy

    Submissions can be made at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bjot

    The 2013 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 0.897.

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