What is it about?

This paper reports a realist evaluation of a specific intervention known as GetREAL. As part of a programme of research into inpatient mental health rehabilitation services in England (The REAL –Rehabilitation Effectiveness for Activities for Life study) carried out between 2009 and 2015, a training intervention (GetREAL) was designed to help staff gain confidence and skills to help service users engage in activities in the unit and in the community.

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Why is it important?

Realist methodology enables an investigation into the complexity of the inpatient mental health rehabilitation setting, to understand why and how staff training interventions aimed at increasing recovery-based practice, should ‘work’.

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This page is a summary of: Rapid realist review of the evidence: achieving lasting change when mental health rehabilitation staff undertake recovery-oriented training, Journal of Advanced Nursing, January 2017, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/jan.13232.
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