Effective mental health consumer education: A preliminary exploration

Sarann Bielavitz, Jennifer Wisdom, David A. Pollack

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    Abstract

    People with serious mental illnesses are increasingly becoming more active participants in their treatment and recovery. At times, their participation may be limited by incomplete, unclear, or insufficient information. The authors used a grounded theory approach to look at the unmet informational needs described by consumers. Participants in this study called for materials appropriate to their level of understanding, assistance with interpreting and comprehending information when necessary, and information on policies that affect the treatment they receive. Ultimately, an informed consumer is one empowered to make decisions about the course of his or her recovery and participate meaningfully in the patient-provider relationship.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)105-113
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of Behavioral Health Services and Research
    Volume38
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

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    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Health(social science)
    • Health Policy
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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