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Rehabilitation and recovery for ethnic minority patients with severe mental illness

  • Martin Rotenberg (a1)
Summary

There is growing evidence to support recovery and rehabilitation services and interventions for people with severe mental illness (SMI). However, those from ethnic minority communities face inequitable outcomes and access to mental health services and poorer functional outcomes. This article reviews the evidence and discusses facilitators and barriers in the recovery journey of people with SMI from ethnic minority groups. Although there is limited evidence for specific interventions for ethnic minority patients, areas for future study and action are discussed.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

After reading this article you will be able to:

  • understand the scope of rehabilitation practices and interventions and evidence for use with ethnic minority patients with severe mental illness
  • describe differences and similarities in the conceptualisation of recovery by majority and minority ethnic communities
  • appreciate facilitators and barriers to rehabilitation and recovery for ethnic minority patients with SMI.

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Correspondence Dr Martin Rotenberg, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 33 Russell Street, Room 2017, Toronto, Ontario M5S 3B1, Canada. Email: marty.rotenberg@mail.utoronto.ca
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A version of this article was presented at the annual meeting of the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Faculty of Rehabilitation and Social Psychiatry in Bournemouth, November 2017, and received the Douglas Bennett Prize.

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