Employment-related information for clients receiving mental health services and clinicians

King, Joanne, Cleary, Catherine, Harris, Meredith G., Lloyd, Chris and Waghorn, Geoff (2011) Employment-related information for clients receiving mental health services and clinicians. Work, 39 3: 291-303. doi:10.3233/WOR-2011-1177


Author King, Joanne
Cleary, Catherine
Harris, Meredith G.
Lloyd, Chris
Waghorn, Geoff
Title Employment-related information for clients receiving mental health services and clinicians
Journal name Work   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1051-9815
1875-9270
Publication date 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3233/WOR-2011-1177
Volume 39
Issue 3
Start page 291
End page 303
Total pages 13
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher I O S Press
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: Clients receiving public mental health services and clinicians require information to facilitate client access to suitable employment services. However, little is known about the specific employment-related information needs of these groups.
This study aimed to identify employment-related information needs among clients, clinicians and employment specialists, with a view to developing a new vocational information resource.

Participants: Employment-related information needs were identified via a series of focus group consultations with clients, clinicians, and employment specialists (n = 23).

Methods: Focus group discussions were guided by a common semi-structured interview schedule.

Results: Several categories of information need were identified: countering incorrect beliefs about work; benefits of work; disclosure and managing personal information; impact of earnings on welfare entitlements; employment service pathways; job preparation, planning and selection; and managing illness once working. Clear preferences were expressed about effective means of communicating the key messages in written material.

Conclusions: This investigation confirmed the need for information tailored to clients and clinicians in order to activate clients’ employment journey and to help them make informed decisions about vocational assistance.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2012 Collection
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