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Patients’ Views: Peer Support Worker On Inpatient Wards

Rooney, Joy ORCID:, Miles, N. and Barker, T. (2016) Patients’ Views: Peer Support Worker On Inpatient Wards. Mental Health and Social Inclusion, 20 (3). pp. 160-166. ISSN Print: 2042-8308, Online: 2042-8316

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Purpose: To explore patients’ experiences of intentional mental health peer support (PS)
Design/methodology/approach: Seven in depth interviews were carried out by an independent researcher with individual inpatients who volunteered via a PS worker following leaflet and poster distribution explaining the research on the two wards. Each recorded interview of thirteen questions was transcribed verbatim by the researcher and analysis identified common themes across the interviews.
Findings: An overarching theme of communication with patients was identified together with six main themes: person centeredness, practical support, building connections, emotional support, modelling hope, and recovery interventions. There were no negative comments expressed by interviewees.
Research limitations/implications: Small scale qualitative research allows in-depth exploration of experiences which is valuable in informing the further development of peer support.
Originality/value: There are very few published reports of inpatient experiences of peer support in inpatient settings.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: mental health, peer support, evaluation, inpatient, service users, consumer, qualitative research
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Allied Health and Community
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Depositing User: Janet Davidson
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2016 11:06
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:10

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