Co-design and evaluation of a multidisciplinary teaching resource on mental health recovery involving people with lived experience

Karen Arblaster, Lynette Mackenzie, Niels Buus, Timothy Chen, Katherine Gill, Lisa Gomez, Deborah Hamilton, Nicola Hancock, Andrea McCloughen, Margaret Nicholson, Yvette Quinn, Jo River, Justin Newton Scanlan, Carl Schneider, Richard Schweizer, Karen Wells

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Background: Students from a range of health disciplines need to learn from people with lived experience of mental distress and recovery to develop recovery capabilities for mental health practice. Aims: The aims of this study are to describe the co-design of a teaching resource, to explore the experience of people with lived experience during the resource development, and to evaluate the outcome of the resource on student recovery capabilities. Method: Using a sequential mixed method, a project group consisting of six people with lived experience and 10 academics from five health disciplines was convened to co-develop teaching resources. People with lived experience met independently without researchers on several occasions to decide on the key topics and met with the research team monthly. The teaching resource was used in mental health subjects for two health professional programmes, and the Capabilities for Recovery-Oriented Practice Questionnaire (CROP-Q) was used before and after to measure any change in student recovery capabilities. Scores were compared using the Wilcoxon signed rank test. The people with lived experience were also interviewed about their experience of being involved in constructing the teaching resources. Interviews were audiotaped, transcribed, and analysed thematically. Results: The finished resource consisted of 28 short videos and suggested teaching plans. Occupational therapy and nursing student scores on the CROP-Q prior to using the educational resource (n = 33) were 68 (median) and post scores (n = 28) were 74 (median), indicating a statistically significant improvement in recovery capability (P = 0.04). Lived experience interview themes were (i) the importance of lived experience in education; (ii) personal benefits of participating; (iii) co-design experience; and (iv) creating the resource. Conclusion: Co-design of teaching resources with people with lived experience was pivotal to the success and quality of the final product, and people with lived experience described personal benefits of participating in resource development. More evidence to demonstrate the use of the CROP-Q in teaching and practice is needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)354-365
Number of pages12
JournalAustralian Occupational Therapy Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023


  • capability
  • co-production
  • consumers
  • health professional students
  • video

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