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Table 2 Information needs and participation needs derived from focus group discussion

From: Pathway to mental health recovery: a qualitative and quantitative study on the needs of Chinese psychiatric inpatients

Information needs (22 items) Participation needs (16 items)
Information on the classifications of mental illnesses, signs and symptoms and factors contributing to relapse Collaborating with professionals in setting treatment and care plans
Information on the reasons for in-patient admission and related ordinance Learning and practising self-management
Information on different residential placements Enquiring about personal needs and arrangements
Information on daytime training placements after discharge from in-patient setting Providing opinion on how to improve the services and facilities of ward
Information on the criteria and arrangements for discharge Keeping in touch with the outside world
Information on the ways to raise self-image and overcome stigma adhered to people with mental illnesses Expressing needs and following up whether needs are meet
Information on hospital fees and application of financial assistance Understanding the treatment and rehabilitation plans and providing enough information for healthcare professionals to take reference
Information on the reasons behind the hospital rules and regulations Learning from other patients
Information on the daily routine and schedules of ward Reporting discomfort actively
Information on how to maintain good physical health Expressing personal feelings
Information on the arrangements at different stages of rehabilitation including pre-discharge arrangements Preparing for the interview with healthcare professionals
Information on the news from the outside world Learning how to cope with stress and prevent relapse
Information on patient’s right (including ways of expressing opinion and making enquiries) Participating in vocational training
Information on how relatives can accept, participate and help Participating in social activities
Information on job acquisition Participating in training of domestic and self-care skill
Information on stress management and relapse prevention Learning how to take care of others
Information on alcohol and substance misuse  
Information on the schedule of meetings with healthcare professionals  
Information on community services and resources  
Information on the different kinds of care and rehabilitation services  
Information on medication prescriptions  
Information on the importance of psychiatric drug taking and its side effects