Culture and Spirituality in the Process of Mental Health and Recovery: Users and Providers Perspectives

Islam, Zoebia and Rabiee-Khan, Fatemeh and Singh, Swaran P. (2021) Culture and Spirituality in the Process of Mental Health and Recovery: Users and Providers Perspectives. Diversity and Equality in Health and Care, 18 (8). pp. 425-429. ISSN 2049-5471

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Background: Spiritual beliefs are known to impact on mental well-being and recovery, yet professionals and clinicians often fail to explore user and carer perspectives on these.

Aims: Explore views of ethnically diverse service users, carers, service providers including Early Intervention in Psychosis service (EIS) professionals and spiritual care team representatives on the significance of spirituality, culture and religion on mental health recovery.

Method: Eleven focus groups were conducted with service users, carers, health professionals and representatives of spiritual care.

Results: Thematic analysis uncovered three main themes on service users’ mental health recovery: Shame and Creating a Positive Sense of Self; Meeting Cultural, Spiritual, Religious and Individual Needs; Spiritual and Religious Beliefs impact on Well-being.

Clinical Implications: Healthcare professionals should consider the impact of spirituality on services users’ mental health recovery and well-being. Further training, guidance and support are needed to increase professional competency.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number:
19 August 2021Accepted
26 August 2021Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Culture; Healthcare; Mental health
Subjects: CAH02 - subjects allied to medicine > CAH02-06 - allied health > CAH02-06-01 - health sciences (non-specific)
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Depositing User: Fatemeh Rabiee-Khan
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2021 15:03
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2021 15:03

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