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Employment status, aspirations and perceptions of support amongst psychiatric users in Pavia, Italy
journal contributionposted on 2023-07-26, 12:48 authored by Irene Cirillo, Pierluigi Politi, Elisa Rampa, Jenny Secker, Franca Brasia, Anna Severino
Aims – To describe the employment status of people using mental health service in Pavia, Italy; to explore their employment aspirations and perceptions of support to achieve these; and to test the feasibility of working with service users as researchers. Method – Face to face interviews carried out by two service user researchers with a consecutive sample of 200 service users attending the local psychiatric outpatient department using a translated version of a questionnaire developed for previous UK surveys. Results – A higher proportion of survey participants (42.5%) were in paid work compared to the UK, but 62.4% of those in work were dissatisfied with their employment. Amongst unemployed participants, 65.2% were interested in gaining employment but only 29.3% were receiving support to do so. Support was mainly limited to referral on to a generic disability organisation. The service user researchers carried out the survey to a high standard and reported benefits from undertaking the work. Conclusions – The results indicate a need in Pavia for specialist employment support using the Individual Placement and Support approach. Further development of service user involvement in research is indicated.
Publication titleEpidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences
PublisherCambridge University Press