Why do mental health consumers who receive rehabilitation services, are not using them? A Qualitative Investigation of Users’ Perspectives in Israel

Galia S. Moran, Yael Baruch, Faissal Azaiza, Max Lachman

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Abstract

A recovery-oriented approach to mental health involves creating person centered services and enhancing engagement in psychiatric rehabilitation. Israel’s Rehabilitation in the Community of Persons with Mental Disabilities Law is a progressive initiative that shifted the locus of psychiatric care to community care supporting individualized rehabilitation and recovery-oriented processes. Yet over a quarter of applicants do not implement their assigned rehabilitation plans and services. This qualitative study investigated reasons and experiences related to lack of utilization from applicants’ perspectives. Fifteen service users were interviewed face to face in semi-structured interviews analyzed using Grounded theory approach. Seven categories emerged: (1) Lack of knowledge and orientation; (2) Negative perceptions about rehabilitation services (3) Lack of active participation/shared decision-making; (4) Not feeling heard by the committee; (5) Lack of congruence between participants’ goals and committee’s final decisions; (6) Lack of escorting professionals’ competencies; and (7) Family members’ influence. The results are interpreted at the structural and human process levels. Suggestions are provided for augmenting systemic procedures and human interactions processes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)859-872
Number of pages14
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Volume52
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2016

Keywords

  • Individually tailored rehabilitation services
  • Recovery oriented care
  • System change
  • User participation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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