Book of Proceedings: Evaluation Of A 4 Week Rehabilitation Assessment Program At St Vincent’s Mental Health Community Care Units: Mental Health Consumers’ And Clinicians’ Perspectives

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Authors: Jodie Key, Corinne Owens, Michael Wilson & Melissa Petrakis, VIC

Year: 2012

Event: 2012 TheMHS Conference

Subject: SERVICE-USER, RESEARCH, EVALUATION, Community-based care

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 978-0-9757653-8-8

Abstract: Background: Some consumers with a mental illness benefit from intensive residential-based rehabilitation in a community setting. A 4-week Rehabilitation Review Program (RRP) has been introduced at a community care unit (CCU) to identify areas of need for rehabilitation. Aims: To share a qualitative evaluation seeking consumer and clinician perspectives on the RRP process. Methods: Interviews were conducted with a purposive sample of consumers who participated in the RRP. Online surveys were sent to multidisciplinary referring and CCU clinicians. A thematic analysis was conducted. Results: Consumers reported the RRP was useful to judge goodness of “fit” for the setting; however that the process was somewhat overwhelming, and both the rational and process could be clearer. Clinicians reported the process assisted with clinical decision-making, and enhanced role satisfaction, yet was repetitive.Conclusions: Implications are that the process of the RRP could benefit from revision in order to more fully embrace recovery principles.

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