Participant Experiences in Peer- and Clinician-Facilitated Mental Health Recovery Groups for Veterans

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Objective:The purpose of the study was to characterize and compare participants’ experiences of peer-facilitated versus clinician-facilitated recovery groups for veterans with mental illness.Method:We analyzed qualitative data from 24 interviews with veterans who participated in mental health recovery groups led by peer or clinician facilitators.Results:Subtle differences in group structure, participation/communication and utility/relevance between peer- and clinician-facilitated groups were identified. Participants experienced both peer and clinician facilitators as helpful in promoting recovery, though they appeared to do this in different ways.Conclusions and Implications for Practice:Peer and clinician facilitators offer different strengths in the promotion of mental health recovery.

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