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Title: An exploration and analysis of the concept of service user involvement in mental health care
Author: Connor, Samantha
Awarding Body: University of Ulster
Current Institution: Ulster University
Date of Award: 2011
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The term service user involvement is popular in the mental health field and appears regularly in policy documents and in the academic and non-academic literature. However, the lack of clarity associated with the concept has meant it has almost become rhetoric or a cliche. There has been little attempt to analyse the concept of service user involvement in mental health care, with no clear definition. This study sought to address this research gap by exploring and analysing the concept of service user involvement as used in within the field of mental health care. To provide a background to the thesis there was firstly a consideration of the historical, political and legislative background that led to the development of the service user movement and the concept of service user involvement in mental health care. Following this, an exploratory literature review identified the key areas of mental health in which the term was used. Seven focus groups with 39 participants were conducted to discover views on the meaning of the term service user involvement. Themes were analysed using a grounded theory approach to analysis. A concept analysis of the concept of service user involvement in mental health care was then conducted using a literature-based sample. 134 papers met the inclusion criteria and were analysed to discover key attributes, barriers, enablers, antecedents and consequences of service user involvement and a definition of the concept. An attempt was made to validate these findings with a sample of mental health service users. Finally, the data was synthesised to produce a conceptual model for service user involvement in mental health care. The thesis concludes with a reflection on the personal journey of the researcher and the research process.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.587494  DOI: Not available
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