Authors: Patrizia Fiorillo
Event: 2002 TheMHS Conference
Subject: book of proceedings mental health; sensitive research; gate keeping; mental health consumers; Schedule II.
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The involuntary admission of people experiencing severe mental illness is a practice well researched from a hospitalisation perspective. The nature of the subjective experience leading to involuntary psychiatric admission, commonly known in NSW as “a schedule” has not received the same attention. This has been the focus of a research study completed by the author, describing the human experience of the scheduling event. The methodology initially chosen to conduct this study underwent several changes to best fit the needs of this particular group. This paper provides a description of this process, including the consequences of research involving mental health consumers and staff posing a substantial threat for those involved, and rendering problematic for the researcher the collection or dissemination of data. The knowledge gained by the author in conducting this study has been successfully used to inform and change clinical practices.