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Experiences of discrimination among people Using mental health services in England 2008-2011

  • Elizabeth Corker (a1), Sarah Hamilton (a2), Claire Henderson (a3), Craig Weeks (a2), Vanessa Pinfold (a2), Diana Rose (a1), Paul Williams (a1), Clare Flach (a1), Valdeep Gill (a2), Elanor Lewis-Holmes (a4) and Graham Thornicroft (a4)...
Abstract
Background

Research suggests that levels of discrimination against people using mental health services are high; however, reports of these people's experiences are rare.

Aims

To determine whether the Time to Change (TTC) programme target of 5% reduction in discrimination has been achieved.

Method

Separate samples of people using mental health services were interviewed annually from 2008 to 2011 using the Discrimination and Stigma Scale to record instances of discrimination.

Results

Ninety-one per cent of participants reported one or more experiences of discrimination in 2008 compared with 88% in 2011 (z=-1.9, P=0.05). The median negative discrimination score was 40% in 2008 and 28% in 2011 (Kruskal-Wallis χ2=83.4, P < 0.001).

Conclusions

The proportion of participants experiencing no discrimination increased significantly over the course of TTC but by less than the initial target The overall median discrimination score fell by 11.5%. Data from 2010 and 2011 suggest that these gains may be hard to maintain during economic austerity.

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Royal College of Psychiatrists, This paper accords with the NIH Public Access policy and is governed by the licence available athttp://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/pdf/NIH%20licence%20agreement.pdf
Corresponding author
Dr Claire Henderson, Health Service and Population Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry, De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF, UK. Email: Claire.1henderson@kcl.ac.uk
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Declaration of interest

G.T. has received grants for stigma-related research in the past 5 years from Lundbeck UK and from the National Institute for Health Research, and has acted as a consultant to the UK Office of the Chief Scientist.

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Experiences of discrimination among people Using mental health services in England 2008-2011

  • Elizabeth Corker (a1), Sarah Hamilton (a2), Claire Henderson (a3), Craig Weeks (a2), Vanessa Pinfold (a2), Diana Rose (a1), Paul Williams (a1), Clare Flach (a1), Valdeep Gill (a2), Elanor Lewis-Holmes (a4) and Graham Thornicroft (a4)...
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