A qualitative exploration of the recovery experiences of consumers who had undertaken shared management, person-centred and self-directed services
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Background: The mental health sector across states in Australia is moving to offering individualised funds and shared management, person-centred and self-directed (SPS) services. However, little is known about the recovery experiences of consumers with mental illness who had used a SPS service that was recently introduced in Western Australia. This study explored the recovery experiences of these consumers. Methods: Data relating to sixteen consumers’ lived experiences were analysed using an abbreviated grounded theory approach. These data had been developed in the past by consumers, the Guides (staff) and an independent evaluator. Results: Four over-arching categories, and related sub-categories, emerged. These suggested that consumers’ recovery experiences included them gaining: 1) a greater sense of empowerment; 2) expanded connections with the community, others and ‘the self’; 3) an enriched sense of ‘the self’; and 4) an enhanced quality of life.
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