Brief psychoeducation program to enhance recovery knowledge and attitudes of mental health service providers and users: Randomized controlled trials

Winnie W. S. MAK, Chun Ho Randolph CHAN, Sania S. W. YAU

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Abstract

Recovery-oriented transformation of mental health service systems not only necessitates changes in mental health policies and practices, it also requires an adoption of recovery-oriented mindset, which includes knowledge and attitudes, among service providers. It is also important that service users are informed about the changes and can fully participate in the process. The present study developed and evaluated the efficacy of a recovery psychoeducation program in enhancing recovery-oriented knowledge and attitudes among mental health service providers and users in Hong Kong. In study 1, 111 service providers were randomly assigned to 2-day psychoeducation group or control group. Results showed that participants in psychoeducation group had significantly better recovery knowledge and more positive attitudes towards recovery after the intervention than the control counterparts. The effect of the recovery psychoeducation program on recovery attitudes was fully mediated by the improvement in recovery knowledge. In study 2, 93 people with mental illness were randomized into 2-week psychoeducation group or control group. Participants in the psychoeducation group had a significant improvement in the level of recovery-oriented knowledge immediately after the workshops, but the effect could not be sustained at follow-up. To transform into a recovery-oriented service system, having an effective program to orient service providers and users to recovery is essential. This study provided initial support to the use of a brief psychoeducational program for recovery-oriented knowledge enhancement. Given the short-term efficacy and feasibility of the interventions, service leaders and managers in different clinical and social service settings should consider implementing the programs as part of staff and users’ service orientation to build a recovery-supporting workforce and empower their service users early in the recovery process. Copyright © 2018 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)200-208
JournalAdministration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
Volume46
Issue number2
Early online date07 Nov 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019

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Mental Health Services
Randomized Controlled Trials
Control Groups
Hong Kong
Health Policy
Social Work
Mental Health
Education

Citation

Mak, W. W. S., Chan, R. C. H., & Yau, S. S. W. (2019). Brief psychoeducation program to enhance recovery knowledge and attitudes of mental health service providers and users: Randomized controlled trials. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 46(2), 200-208. doi: 10.1007/s10488-018-0905-7

Keywords

  • Mental health
  • Personal recovery
  • Brief psychoeducation
  • Recovery knowledge
  • Attitudes towards recovery