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Recovery Services and Outcomes in a State Psychiatric Hospital

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Department of Quantitative Health Sciences; System and Psychosocial Advances Research Center, Department of Psychiatry; Public Sector Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry

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Mental and Social Health | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology | Rehabilitation and Therapy


Recovery has emerged as a focus of mental health rehabilitation in the past decade. Many have suggested that various domains of recovery-orientated services are integrated to an efficacious mental health care system. In this study we examined the association of domains of recovery-oriented services with recovery outcomes among inpatients in a state psychiatric hospital. A convenience sample of 36 hospital patients participated in a survey that included two standardized scales, with one measuring 6 domains of recovery-orientation of hospital-based services and one measuring 5 aspects of patients' recovery outcomes. We used regression analysis to estimate the association between recovery-oriented services and recovery outcomes adjusting for gender, race, and education. Nearly 90% of patients had lengths of stay of more than 3 months. On average, patients reported receiving moderate levels of recovery-oriented services. Nevertheless those who reported receiving higher levels of recovery-oriented services also reported better recovery outcomes. Specifically three domains of recovery-oriented services, i.e., life goal vs. symptom management, individual tailored, and diversity of treatment options, are associated with better overall recovery and 3 specific aspects of recovery, namely willingness to ask for help, goal and success orientation, and reliance on others. The data from a small sample of patients at a state psychiatric hospital suggest that self-reported recovery-oriented services received are associated with better recovery outcomes. Future larger studies are warranted to confirm the study findings, and to examine whether a contemporary recovery-focused care model can facilitate even greater recovery outcomes.


Inpatient, Recovery outcomes, Recovery services, State psychiatric hospital

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Psychiatr Q. 2018 Mar 3. doi: 10.1007/s11126-018-9570-y. [Epub ahead of print] Link to article on publisher's site

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The Psychiatric quarterly

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