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Pilot evaluation of a recovery group for psychosis inpatient wards: patients' views and recommendations

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Objectives: Recovery-orientated care emphasises hope, self-belief and social connectedness. However, there are a limited number of studies of recoveryoriented practice in mental health inpatient settings for psychosis. The aim of this study was to investigate the acceptability of a newly devised psychologicallyinformed ward-based recovery group for individuals with treatment refractory psychosis.

Method: This was a qualitative study. Two groups were run within two psychosis inpatient wards. Patients' views were investigated using a semi-structured interview.

Results: Five themes were deducted using thematic analysis, which included understanding of the group content, learning about recovery and coping with mental health problems, different levels of wellness, usefulness of media usage in the group and willingness to participate in the group again.

Conclusions: The group was well received by patients and it may hold promise as one way to increase the availability of recovery-oriented discussions for inpatients with psychosis. Future studies could address methodological problems and adapt the content of the group based on feedback from patients.
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Keywords: FEASIBILITY; GROUP; INPATIENT; PSYCHOSIS; RECOVERY

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2018

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  • Published twice a year, the Journal of Psychiatric Intensive Care is devoted to issues affecting the care and treatment of people with mental disorders who manifest severely disturbed functioning. The journal is international and multidisciplinary. It provides stimulating papers and articles of interest to those who work in or study psychiatric intensive care, low secure services, acute inpatient wards, challenging behaviour environments, emergency psychiatry, or intensive treatments settings in other parts of the wider mental health system. The Journal of Psychiatric Intensive Care encourages informed debate and exchange of opinion. Its content includes editorials, original research, brief reports, reviews, conference reports, news and notices, but preference is given to original research of a high scientific quality.
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