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Developing an occupation- and recovery-based outcome measure for people with mental health conditions: An action research study.

Boniface, Gail, Humpage, Sally, Awatar, Sally and Reagon, Carly 2015. Developing an occupation- and recovery-based outcome measure for people with mental health conditions: An action research study. British Journal of Occupational Therapy 78 (4) , pp. 222-231. 10.1177/0308022614562788

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Abstract

Introduction: An action research study was carried out to develop an outcome measure for a community outreach service known as HiWay. The service is run by Mind Monmouthshire, in Wales, with input from local occupational therapists. It aims to facilitate mental health recovery through engagement in community occupations. Method: Seven cycles of reflection and action were undertaken by HiWay staff, occupational therapists, service users and university researchers. Data in the form of audio recordings and field notes of group meetings were analysed between each cycle. Findings: Participants suggested that outcome measurement needs to be service user led in terms of the nature and size of outcomes and when and how often a measure is used. They argued that terminology around outcomes needs to be accessible and motivational. Participants also suggested that outcome measures have the potential to become central to resilience-building for people with mental health problems. Conclusion: Through action research, service users and staff from different agencies can be involved in service level change such as the design and implementation of an outcome measure.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Publisher: College of Occupational Therapists
ISSN: 0308-0226
Funders: United Kingdom Occupationl Therapy Research Foundation Social award
Date of Acceptance: July 2014
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2019 15:46
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/72472

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