Peer Respites: A Qualitative Assessment of Consumer Experience
This qualitative study explored the experiences of persons staying at two peer respites through interviews with 27 respite guests near the end of their stay and at 2–6 months following their stay. Trained peer interviewers conducted baseline and follow-up interviews. Peer respites can be beneficial spaces within the mental health system for guests to temporarily escape stressful situations while building relationships with other persons with mental illness, though some respondents were uncomfortable receiving services from peers, and several guests did not want to leave after their stay. Ongoing training of peers and orientations for respite guests can help ensure optimal respite experiences.
KeywordsQualitative Peer-respite Mental health services
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.
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Conflict of interest
The authors declare they have no conflict of interest.
All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with and the 1964 Helsinki declaration its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.
Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants in the study.
Research Involving Human Participants
The Institutional Review Board of University of California, San Diego, Human Research Protection Program, and the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development approved this study.
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