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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 |
|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
|Appears in:||Thesis - Social Work|
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