How the Illness Management and Recovery Program Enhanced Recovery of Persons With Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders: A Qualitative Study

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Abstract

This study aims to describe how the Illness Management and Recovery program enhanced recovery of persons with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders from their own perspective. Participants valued learning how to divide huge goals into attainable steps, how to recognize and prevent a relapse by managing symptoms, practicing skills, and talking openly about illness related experience. They learned from the exchange with peers and from the information in the IMR textbook. Nurses should have continuous attention and reinforcement for progress on goals, skills practice and exchange of peer information. A peer-support specialist can contribute to keep this focus.

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