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Table 2 Characteristics of the study sample

From: Combining technical and expert-by-experience knowledge in the quest for personal recovery from bipolar disorder: a qualitative study

Participant numberGenderAgeYear of diagnosisSettingsa where the participants were recruitedMain types of peer support services receivedb
(Services provided by general mental health practitionersc)
 SU01F5520ICCMWRecovery group led /co-led by PSW
 SU02F4830ICCMWRecovery group led /co-led by PSW
 SU03M5216In-patient HospitalOne-to-one in person conversation
 SU04M2610ICCMWPhone conversation
 SU05F4216ICCMWPhone conversation
 SU06F5831In-patient HospitalRecovery group led /co-led by PSW
 SU07F4018CommunityGroup sharing
 SU08F5933CommunityGroup sharing
 SU09M3920In-patient HospitalOne-to-one in person conversation
 SU10F6226In-patient HospitalGroup sharing
 SU11F268In-patient HospitalOne-to-one in person conversation
 SU12M3624CommunityGroup sharing
 SU13M6336CommunityGroup sharing
 SU14F5437CommunityOne-to-one in person conversation
 SU15F5315CommunityOne-to-one in person conversation
 SU16M4630CommunityGroup sharing
 SU17F4916CommunityOne-to-one in person conversation
 SU18M4528CommunityGroup sharing
 SU19F4218CommunityGroup sharing
 SU20M275In-patient HospitalOne-to-one in person conversation;
Phone conversation
 SU21F4829In-patient HospitalOne-to-one in person conversation;
Recovery group led/co-led by PSW
 SU22F4715ICCMWPhone conversation
 SU23F5419ICCMWLeisure group
 SU24M6620ICCMWOne-to-one in person conversation
 SU25F2712ICCMWOne-to-one in person conversation
 SU26F5224ICCMWRecovery group led /co-led by PSW
 SU27F5337ICCMWRecovery group led /co-led by PSW
 SU28F289In-patient HospitalOne-to-one in person conversation
 SU29F5815ICCMWOne-to-one in person conversation
 SU30F4013ICCMWRecovery group led /co-led by PSW
 SU31F4426ICCMWLeisure group
 SU32F4117ICCMWRecovery group led /co-led by PSW
  1. Notes.
  2. aSettings: ICCMW Integrated Community Centre for Mental Wellness. Community settings include faith groups, general social groups.
  3. bMain types of peer support services: Recovery group covers various topics e.g., goal setting, meaning of “personal recovery”. One-to-one in person conversation refers to the participants talking with PSW about various topics e.g., the activities the participants are doing, personal matters concerning them. Phone conversation refers to the participants who are using the agency’s warm line (phone-based mutual care service). Examples of leisure group are cooking sessions, Tai-Chi class, praise and dance group.
  4. cServices provided by general mental health practitioners: The participants received a variety of mental health services offered by the general mental health practitioners, e.g., psychiatric services in the hospital or at the specialist out-patient clinics, community psychiatric nursing services, occupational therapy, case management by social workers at the ICCMW, and psychotherapy or counselling (which were rarely mentioned by the participants in the present study).