A look at inpatients’ experience of mental health rehabilitation wards
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A look at inpatients’ experience of mental health rehabilitation wards

Mel Bunyan Consultant clinical psychologist, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, London, England
John Crowley Senior lecturer, School of Health and Social Care, University of Greenwich, London, England
Angela Cashen Mental health expert by experience, lived experience research assistant, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, London, England
Marie-France Mutti Mental health expert by experience, lived experience research assistant, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, London, England

Research into patients’ experience in mental health hospitals has focused on acute settings. The authors of this study have explored the experience of patients on rehabilitation wards. Data were collected through focus groups led by service users acting as experts by experience. This helped to encourage participation by this group, which can be difficult to engage. Themes from the data were identified from the perspectives of staff, carers and service users. Two primary themes were identified by all reviewers – inflexible, authoritarian regimes on the wards and patients’ fears about being unable to cope in the future after leaving the rehabilitation ward. The implications of the findings and suggestions for improving care in rehabilitation wards are discussed.

Correspondence J.J.Crowley@gre.ac.uk

Mental Health Practice. 20, 6,17-23. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2017.e1163

Received: 18 August 2016

Accepted: 23 June 2016

Published in print: 09 March 2017

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict Of Interest

None declared