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Improving health and social functioning: perspectives of mental health service users

Hannigan, Ben ORCID:, Bartlett, H. and Clilverd, A. 1997. Improving health and social functioning: perspectives of mental health service users. Journal of Mental Health 6 (6) , pp. 613-620. 10.1080/09638239718473

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Significantly improving the health and social functioning of people with mental illness is the first Mental Health target in the UK’ s The Health of The Nation document. Users of mental health services in three London boroughs participated in five focus groups. Content analysis of the groups’ discussions led to the description of a multi-dimensional model of health, compromising social, mental and physical components. Participants believed in the inherently health-promoting value of close interpersonal relationships. Access to work, leisure, housing and finances were all believed to be health-improving. The data lend support to the development of mental health services where the practitioner±user relationship is central, and where health promotion is best achieved using a broad psycho-social approach to care provision.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
ISSN: 0963-8237
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 09:32

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