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dc.contributor.authorBeyene, Lise Sæstad
dc.contributor.authorHem, Marit Helene
dc.contributor.authorStrand, Elin Bolle
dc.identifier.citationBeyene, L.S., Hem, M.H. & Strand, E.B. (2023) Medication-free mental health treatment: a focus group study of milieu therapeutic settings. BMC Psychiatry, 23, 707 (2023)en_US
dc.description.abstractBackground Medication-free treatment within mental health care aims to offer therapeutic support as an alternative to psychotropic medication. Introducing milieu therapy for severely mentally ill persons in a medication-free unit requires significant changes to the traditional medication-based psychiatric setting. The present study examines how milieu therapists experience working with medication-free treatment for people with severe mental health challenges. The research question was “What may be required to succeed with medication-free treatment in milieu therapeutic settings?” Methods A qualitative study with four focus groups were conducted with 23 milieu therapists from three inpatient units in two mental health institutions. Thematic analysis was performed. Results One main theme was identified: medication-free treatment involves therapists and patients working together on holistic and personal health promotion. This common thread links the four themes: helping patients to make changes in their life; having time to focus on the individual patient; being a professional companion; and working together as a team with the patient. Conclusions A holistic approach is necessary for medication-free treatment to succeed. This requires working together in multidisciplinary teams with a focus on the individual patient. Milieu therapists must engage and take more responsibility in the patient’s process of health promotion. A change from a medical to a humanistic paradigm within mental health care is needed.en_US
dc.publisherBioMed Centralen_US
dc.rightsNavngivelse 4.0 Internasjonal*
dc.subjectpsykisk helseen_US
dc.titleMedication-free mental health treatment: a focus group study of milieu therapeutic settingsen_US
dc.typePeer revieweden_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.rights.holder© 2023 The Author(s).en_US
dc.subject.nsiVDP::Medisinske Fag: 700::Klinisk medisinske fag: 750::Psykiatri, barnepsykiatri: 757en_US
dc.source.journalBMC Psychiatryen_US
dc.source.articlenumber707 (2023)en_US

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