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YouBelong Home: A Ugandan Community Mental Health Intervention

D. Cappo, B. Mutamba, K. Ayesiga, E. Kebirungi, D. Chelangat, Greg Fegan, S.T. Jacob, E. Nsangi, I. Ntabazi, D. Nalubwama, N. Nakasujja, E. Odoki, P. Odoi, I. Mpairwe, Fiona Verity

Community Mental Health Journal

Swansea University Authors: Greg Fegan, Fiona Verity

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Abstract

In Uganda, low resources for mental health provision combine with disadvantage and inadequate supports for family and community-based care. Catalysed by the need to reduce overcrowded psychiatric hospital wards and frequent readmissions at Butabika National Referral Mental Hospital (BNRMH) in Kampal...

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Published in: Community Mental Health Journal
ISSN: 0010-3853 1573-2789
Published: Springer Science and Business Media LLC 2022
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa62069
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Abstract: In Uganda, low resources for mental health provision combine with disadvantage and inadequate supports for family and community-based care. Catalysed by the need to reduce overcrowded psychiatric hospital wards and frequent readmissions at Butabika National Referral Mental Hospital (BNRMH) in Kampala, the nongovernment organisation YouBelong Uganda (YBU) developed the YouBelong Home (YBH) intervention. YBH is a theoretically eclectic pre and post hospital discharge intervention. This paper reports on qualitative findings of the project Curtailing Hospital Readmissions for Patients with Severe Mental Illness in Africa (CHaRISMA), which explored how to refine the YBH intervention. The project was funded by a UK Joint Global Health Trials (JGHT) Development Grant. Data was collected through structured interviews with service users and caregivers, reflective practice by the YBH implementing team and a stakeholder focus group. A summary of refinements to the YBH intervention follows the TIDieR format (Template for Intervention Description and Replication).
Keywords: Severe mental illness; Uganda; Hospital discharge; Family care; Community care
College: College of Human and Health Sciences
Funders: Joint Global Health Trials scheme-Development grant; MRC-JGHT, Grant MR/R019355/1