Exploring Perceptions of Continuity of Care Among People With Long-Term Mental Disorders in Denmark

Anna P Folker, Mette M Kristensen, Amalie O Kusier, Maj Britt D Nielsen, Sigurd M Lauridsen, Ida N Sølvhøj
Qualitative Health Research 2019 April 9, : 1049732319840286
Continuity of mental health care is central to improve the treatment and rehabilitation of people with mental disorders. While most studies on continuity of care fail to take the perspectives of service users into account, the aim of this study was to explore the perceived meanings of continuity of care among people with long-term mental disorders. Fifteen service users participated in semi-structured in-depth interviews. We used template analysis to guide the analysis. The main transversal themes of continuity were "Navigating the system" and "Connecting to people and everyday life." While the first theme related to the participants' experiences of their interaction with the mental health care system, the latter related to their hopes and perceived opportunities for a good life as desired outcomes of mental health care. We conclude that efforts to improve continuity of mental health care should be tailored to the priorities of service users.

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