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

Webb, Kimberley; Schroder, Thomas A.; Gresswell, David M.

Authors

Kimberley Webb

THOMAS SCHRODER THOMAS.SCHRODER@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Therapies

David M. Gresswell



Abstract

Purpose: To review and synthesis the qualitative literature on service users’ experiences of endings from a psychological service or therapy.
Methods: A systematic search of the peer-reviewed literature was conducted. Studies were identified using specific inclusion criteria and included in the synthesis. A modified CASP tool was used to critically appraise the quality of the papers. A meta-ethnographic approach was used to synthesize the findings from the included studies.
Results: Twelve papers were identified which met the inclusion criteria. The interpretation of findings suggested three key themes: anticipation of ending, service user control and sense of responsibility. Studies were geographically spread and 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 in the UK were limited however the review does provide directions for future research.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Nov 2, 2018
Journal Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Webb, K., Schroder, T. A., & Gresswell, D. M. (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, https://doi.org/10.1111/papt.12201
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/papt.12201
Publisher URL https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/papt.12201

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