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Quality of life, recovery and decision-making: a mixed methods study of mental health recovery in social care

Coffey, Michael, Hannigan, Ben, Meudell, Alan, Jones, Mari, Hunt, Julian and Fitzsimmons, Deb 2019. Quality of life, recovery and decision-making: a mixed methods study of mental health recovery in social care. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 54 (6) , pp. 715-723. 10.1007/s00127-018-1635-6

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Abstract

Purpose Mental health care is a complex system that includes social care organisations providing support for people with continuing needs. The relationship over time between decisional conflict, social support, quality of life and recovery outcomes across two time periods for people experiencing mental health problems in receipt of social care was investigated. Methods This is a mixed methods study comprised of a quantitative survey at two time points using measures of decisional conflict, social support, recovery and quality of life in a random sample (n = 122) using social care services in Wales, UK. In addition, 16 qualitative case studies were developed from data collected from individuals, a supportive other and a care worker (n = 41) to investigate trajectories of care. Survey responses were statistically analysed using SPSS and case study data were thematically analysed. Results Participants reported increasing decisional conflict and decreasing social support, recovery and quality of life over the two time points. Linear regression indicated that higher recovery scores predict better quality of life ratings and as ratings for social support decline this is associated with lower quality of life. Correlational analysis indicated that lower decisional conflict is associated with higher quality of life. Thematic analysis indicated that ‘connectedness and recovery’ is a product of ‘navigating the system of care’ and the experience of ‘choice and involvement’ achieved by individuals seeking help. Conclusions These results indicate that quality of life for people experiencing mental health difficulties is positively associated with social support and recovery and negatively associated with decisional delay.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Additional Information: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher: Springer Verlag (Germany)
ISSN: 0933-7954
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 23 November 2018
Date of Acceptance: 17 November 2018
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2022 11:41
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/117061

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