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User involvement in the planning and delivery of mental health services: a cross-sectional survey of service users and providers

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Abstract:

Crawford MJ, Aldridge T, Bhui K, Rutter D, Manley C, Weaver T, Tyrer P, Fulop N. User involvement in the planning and delivery of mental health services: a cross-sectional survey of service users and providers.

Acta Psychiatr Scand 2003: 107: 410–414. © Blackwell Munksgaard 2003. Objective: 

To identify methods for involving service users in the planning and delivery of psychiatric services and factors which may assist and impede this process. Method: 

A cross-sectional postal survey of user groups and providers of psychiatric services throughout Greater London (UK). Results: 

Seventeen (94%) service providers and 29 (48%) user groups responded to the survey. Service providers employed a wide variety of different methods for involving users but none met national standards for user involvement (UI). Service providers stated that the main obstacle to UI was that users who took part were not representative of local patients. User groups highlighted staff resistance as a major obstacle and 80% stated that they were not satisfied with current arrangements for UI. Conclusion: 

While users and providers of mental health services were able to identify changes resulting from UI the responsiveness of staff and the representativeness of service users may be impeding this process.

Keywords: health care delivery; patient participation; user involvement

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1034/j.1600-0447.2003.00049.x

Affiliations: 1: Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry, 2: Research Associate, 3: Senior Lecturer in Social and Epidemiological Psychiatry, Queen Mary and Westfield College, London, UK and Senior Lecturer in Health Services Research, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK, 4: Research Worker, 5: Research Fellow, 6: Professor of Community Psychiatry, Imperial College, London, UK, 7: Senior Lecturer in Health Services Delivery and Organization Research, London School of Hygiene + Tropical Medicine, London, UK

Publication date: June 1, 2003

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