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Int J Soc Psychiatry. 2008 Mar;54(2):118-30.

What does recovery from schizophrenia mean? Perceptions of long-term patients.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Kowloon Hospital, Hong Kong, China. ngmk@ha.org.hk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The study investigated the meaning of recovery to eight people with chronic schizophrenia.

METHOD:

A qualitative methodology was used based on a 3-hour focus group. The material was transcribed and analysed into 18 subcategories and 4 categories; namely recovery as a multi-dimensional construct, the relationship of medication to recovery, a sense of hopelessness and helplessness about recovery, factors that promoted recovery.

DISCUSSION:

Respondents believed that full recovery could not be said to have been achieved until they stopped medication and had a steady job. The support and care of family and friends were also vital, although sometimes problematic. Independent living has a different meaning in Chinese culture.

CONCLUSIONS:

Further research directions are suggested as well as ways to change attitudes to the inclusion of medication in recovery.

PMID:
18488406
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