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Title: Mental Health Services Use Experience of People with Schizophrenia: The case of In-patients at Amanuel Specialized Psychiatric Hospital
Authors: Leyouget, Abebe Taye
Advisors: Teshome Shibre, MD, PhD
Keywords: Social work
Copyright: Jun-2011
Date Added: 5-Nov-2012
Publisher: AAU
Abstract: This paper describes the mental health services seeking and using experience of people with schizophrenia with the aim of understanding their awareness about schizophrenia and factors that influence their decision to seek and follow mental health services. Methodologically, the research is informed by qualitative case study approach. The study was undertaken utilizing an in-depth interview. Ten participants were purposely selected and interviewed. The key findings of the research indicate that participants have different understanding about the cause of their mental illness. They associated the illness with medical problem, evil spirit, poverty, and emotional and psychological problems. The findings of this study also indicated that patients come across various forms of challenges in seeking, accessing and using mental health services. These challenges include personal, social, and organizational problems. Finally, participants associated factors which make their treatment seeking and using process easier mainly with their social support, and access to treatment. As the study indicated the challenges participants encountered are multi dimensional and interrelated. As a result holistic interventions are needed at different levels such as individual, family, society and organizational levels. The interventions should be designed and implemented to ensure basic information and understanding about the nature of the illness, course and outcome of treatments as well as advocacy for work place legal protection, social services provision, and mental health treatment centers expansion.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/3616
Appears in:Thesis - Social Work

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