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Durham University

Department of Theology and Religion

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Publication details for Professor Christopher C. H. Cook

Barber, Joanna M., Parsons, Helen, Wilson, Carol A. & Cook, Christopher C.H. (2017). Measuring mental health in the clinical setting: what is important to service users? The Mini-Service user Recovery Evaluation Scale, (Mini-SeRvE). Journal of Mental Health 26(6): 530-537.

Author(s) from Durham

Abstract

Background: Since 2001, a policy of positive mental health recovery has been promoted in the UK, with service user involvement. This has not been easy to implement in the clinical setting.

Aims: To develop and validate a brief self-report, service user-designed, outcome measure (Mini-SeRvE), for clinical use, including spiritual and religious issues.

Methods: From the previously developed Service user Recovery Evaluation scale (SeRvE), 15 questions were selected for Mini-SeRvE which was self-completed by 207 people; 100 service users and, for comparison, 107 staff. Results were analysed using SPSS software (SPSS Inc., Chicago, IL).

Results: Mini-SeRvE is reliable, Cronbach’s alpha 0.852. Correlation with another recovery scale, Mental Health Recovery Measure, was high, r = 0.819. Three reliable subscales emerged; existential well-being (EWB), mental ill-being (MIB) and religious well-being (RWB). Scores of the EWB and MIB subscales were higher for staff, consistent with higher mental well-being. Religious well-being scores were higher in service users, who also rated religion as more important to them.

Conclusions: Mini-SeRvE is a valid measure of service user recovery. The importance of religion/spiritual belief for our users is highlighted, this being reflected in the subject matter of Mini-SeRvE. Mini-SeRvE assessments could show individual priorities, evaluate therapy and aid clinical decision-making.