Service users’ first accounts of experiencing endings from a psychological service or therapy: A systematic review and meta-ethnographic synthesis

Webb, Kim and Schroder, Thomas and Gresswell, Mark (2018) Service users’ first accounts of experiencing endings from a psychological service or therapy: A systematic review and meta-ethnographic synthesis. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice . ISSN 1476-0835

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1111/papt.12201

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Abstract

Purpose: To review and synthesize the qualitative literature on service users’ experiences of endings from a psychological service or therapy.
Methods: A systematic search of the peer-reviewed literature identified qualitative studies meeting specific inclusion criteria. A modified CASP tool was used to critically appraise their quality, and a meta-ethnographic approach was used to synthesize their findings.
Results: Twelve papers met the inclusion criteria. The interpretation of findings suggested three key themes: anticipation of ending, service user control, and sense of responsibility. Although studies varied in geographical location and type of service, they were consistently of high quality.
Conclusions: The review highlights the importance of service users’ perspectives in understanding the experiences of endings. The findings complement existing literature and provide new interpretations. Considerations for practice were limited; however, the review provides useful directions for future research.

Keywords:endings, clinical psychology, psychotherapy
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C840 Clinical Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:33457
Deposited On:16 Nov 2018 16:35

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