“This is not a Life Anyone would want”—A Qualitative Study of Norwegian ACT Service users' Experience with Mental Health Treatment

Ann Mari Lofthus*, Bente M. Weimand, Torleif Ruud, Diana Rose, Kristin S. Heiervang

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Abstract

We discuss Norwegian service users' experiences with community mental health treatment in general, and the interprofessional Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) model in particular. To gain the right to treatment, service users have to accept certain limitations, such as medication and community treatment orders (CTOs). Seventy participants responded to five open-ended questions. In addition, eight of them participated in either focus group or interviews. A collaborative approach, using Stepwise-Deductive Induction (SDI) method was used to analyze the participants' experiences. The results showed that the treatment contributes to an experience of autonomy but also one of restriction. It provides service users with enhanced normalcy, but simultaneously a feeling of deviance. There needs to be an ongoing reflection and discussion about those paradoxes in treatment, and service users have to be involved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)519-526
Number of pages8
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Volume39
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2018
Externally publishedYes

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