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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2012, Article ID 820846, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1100/2012/820846
Research Article

Mental Health Recovery: Evaluation of a Recovery-Oriented Training Program

1GGz Breburg, Institute of Mental Health Care, Scientific Center for Care & Welfare (Tranzo), Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Tilburg University, P.O. Box 90153, 5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands
2Department of Methodology and Statistics, Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, P.O. Box 90153, 5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands
3GGz Breburg, Institute of Mental Health Care, Ericssonstraat 2a, 5121 ML Rijen, The Netherlands
4Scientific Center for Care & Welfare (Tranzo), Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Tilburg University, P.O. BOX 90153, 5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands

Received 27 October 2012; Accepted 24 November 2012

Academic Editors: S. Pearce, W. Vanderplasschen, and S. Vandevelde

Copyright © 2012 G. K. M. L. Wilrycx et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Aim. This study investigates the effectiveness of a recovery-oriented training program on knowledge and attitudes of mental health care professionals towards recovery of people with serious mental illness. Methods. Using data from a longitudinal study of recovery, changes in knowledge and attitudes of 210 mental health care professionals towards recovery were explored using the Recovery Attitude Questionnaire and the Recovery Knowledge Inventory. The study uses a two-group multiple intervention interrupted time-series design which is a variant of the stepped-wedge trial design. A total of six measurements occasions took place. Results. This study shows that professionals' attitudes towards recovery from mental illness can improve with training. After two intensive recovery-oriented training sessions, mental health care professionals have a more positive attitude towards recovery in clinical practice. Conclusion. A recovery-oriented training program can change attitudes of mental health care professionals towards recovery of serious mental illness.