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The concept of recovery as experienced by persons with dual diagnosis : a systematic review on qualitative research from a first-person perspective

(2017) JOURNAL OF DUAL DIAGNOSIS . 13(4). p.264-279
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Objectives: In recent years, the concept of recovery has gained ground in the treatment of persons with dual diagnosis. Recovery refers to living a meaningful life despite limitations caused by mental illness and substance use disorders. It also implies that support for persons with dual diagnosis should be organized according to the personal needs and wishes of its users. Therefore, it is important to gain insight into the aspects that persons with dual diagnosis deem important for their recovery process. This systematic review aims to summarize existing qualitative research on the meaning of recovery from the perspective of persons with dual diagnosis. Methods: A literature search was conducted following the guidelines of the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses statement for systematic reviews in the following databases: Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, PsycINFO, Medline, Embase, and Web of Science. Results: Sixteen studies using a qualitative research design were retained in which four overarching themes could be identified. The first theme focused on feeling supported by family and peers and being able to participate in the community. The second theme focuses on the need for a holistic and individualized treatment approach, seeing the persons "behind the symptoms." The third theme that emerged was having personal beliefs, such as fostering feelings of hope, building a new sense of identity, gaining ownership over one's life, and finding support in spirituality. The last theme identified was the importance of meaningful activities that structure one's life and give one motivation to carry on. Conclusions: In this review, the participants pleaded for "flexibility" in mental health care, i.e., an approach that allows for both successes and failures. However, in order to come to a more comprehensive theoretical model of recovery in persons with dual diagnosis, future research is necessary to gain insight into the underlying mechanisms of recovery processes.
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Personal recovery, dual diagnosis, first-person perspectives, qualitative research, SERIOUS MENTAL-ILLNESS, SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS, COOCCURRING DISORDERS, SERVICE USERS, MUTUAL AID, HEALTH, ADDICTION, SUPPORT, PEOPLE, HOMELESSNESS

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De Ruysscher, Clara, Stijn Vandevelde, Wouter Vanderplasschen, Jessica De Maeyer, and Stijn Vanheule. 2017. “The Concept of Recovery as Experienced by Persons with Dual Diagnosis : a Systematic Review on Qualitative Research from a First-person Perspective.” Journal of Dual Diagnosis  13 (4): 264–279.
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De Ruysscher, C., Vandevelde, S., Vanderplasschen, W., De Maeyer, J., & Vanheule, S. (2017). The concept of recovery as experienced by persons with dual diagnosis : a systematic review on qualitative research from a first-person perspective. JOURNAL OF DUAL DIAGNOSIS  , 13(4), 264–279.
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De Ruysscher C, Vandevelde S, Vanderplasschen W, De Maeyer J, Vanheule S. The concept of recovery as experienced by persons with dual diagnosis : a systematic review on qualitative research from a first-person perspective. JOURNAL OF DUAL DIAGNOSIS  . 2017;13(4):264–79.
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De Ruysscher, Clara, Stijn Vandevelde, Wouter Vanderplasschen, et al. “The Concept of Recovery as Experienced by Persons with Dual Diagnosis : a Systematic Review on Qualitative Research from a First-person Perspective.” JOURNAL OF DUAL DIAGNOSIS  13.4 (2017): 264–279. Print.
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Methods: A literature search was conducted following the guidelines of the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses statement for systematic reviews in the following databases: Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, PsycINFO, Medline, Embase, and Web of Science.
Results: Sixteen studies using a qualitative research design were retained in which four overarching themes could be identified. The first theme focused on feeling supported by family and peers and being able to participate in the community. The second theme focuses on the need for a holistic and individualized treatment approach, seeing the persons {\textacutedbl}behind the symptoms.{\textacutedbl} The third theme that emerged was having personal beliefs, such as fostering feelings of hope, building a new sense of identity, gaining ownership over one's life, and finding support in spirituality. The last theme identified was the importance of meaningful activities that structure one's life and give one motivation to carry on.
Conclusions: In this review, the participants pleaded for {\textacutedbl}flexibility{\textacutedbl} in mental health care, i.e., an approach that allows for both successes and failures. However, in order to come to a more comprehensive theoretical model of recovery in persons with dual diagnosis, future research is necessary to gain insight into the underlying mechanisms of recovery processes.},
  author       = {De Ruysscher, Clara and Vandevelde, Stijn and Vanderplasschen, Wouter and De Maeyer, Jessica and Vanheule, Stijn},
  issn         = {1550-4263 },
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF DUAL DIAGNOSIS                                                    },
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {264--279},
  title        = {The concept of recovery as experienced by persons with dual diagnosis : a systematic review on qualitative research from a first-person perspective},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15504263.2017.1349977},
  volume       = {13},
  year         = {2017},
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