Recovery and quality of life in supported housing

Recovery and quality of life in supported housing

The project aims to explore the recovery and quality of life of residents who have co-occurring substance use and mental health problems, and the recovery-orientation and work-related factors as reported by staff who work in supported housing.

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About/Aims
Background

Recovery and quality of life have been increasingly stressed in relation to supported housing and other supports for persons with co-occurring substance use and mental health problems in recent years. To date, we have limited knowledge about how residents with co-occurring problems who live in supported housing subjectively evaluate their recovery processes and quality of life, despite these matters being emphasized as key issues to address in practice. Thus there is a need for increased knowledge about residents' self-reported recovery and quality of life, as well as aspects of everyday life which may have an impact on how life is perceived by the residents themselves. 

A mixed-methods research project, entitled “From double trouble to dual recovery: Increasing recovery-oriented services and quality of life through collaborative partnership”*, will be carried out by the University of South-Eastern Norway (USN) and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). Through employing a collaborative action research methodology, USN will lead the development and implementation of a recovery-oriented rehabilitation model in a supported housing context, in collaboration with residents and staff. 

As a part of the main project, a PhD project based on quantitative methods will be carried out by NMBU. The study employs a survey format. Firstly, with the goal of mapping recovery and quality of life as reported by residents with co-occurring problems who live at housing sites in large cities across Norway, a nation-wide cross-sectional substudy will be conducted at a number of supported housing sites. Secondly, aiming to measure possible changes and/or consistencies in recovery and quality of life over time, a prospective longitudinal substudy will be conducted with residents at the mentioned action research housing site before, during and after implementation of the recovery-oriented rehabilitation model, as well as with a reference group consisting of residents at similar supported housing sites. In addition to the quantitative substudies focusing on residents, a substudy will be conducted with staff at the action research site, as well as with staff at a set of comparable supported housing settings, with the intent of exploring recovery-orientation, work-related factors and perceived support within the work environment, before and during implementation of the recovery-oriented rehabilitation model.

Objectives

The aim of the project is to contribute to the knowledge base on the recovery and quality of life of persons with co-occurring problems who live in supported housing contexts, as well as the recovery-orientation of staff working within supported housing. The focus is both oriented towards personal and social aspects of recovery and recovery-oriented services. 

Some preliminary research objectives which will be addressed by the PhD project at NMBU include:
Residents
- Mapping self-reported recovery, quality of life, support from staff, citizenship and engagement in meaningful activities
- Exploring the relationships between recovery, quality of life, support from staff, citizenship and engagement in meaningful activities
- Exploring possible changes and/or consistencies in recovery and quality of life 
Staff
- Exploring self-reported recovery-orientation, and work-related factors 

More about the project

*The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway (NFR) program "Behandling". Professor Stian Nissen Biong (USN) is the project manager. To read more about the main project, click here: https://www.usn.no/forskning/prosjekter/from-double-trouble-to-dual-recovery/recoveryorientert-rehabilitering-ror/

For questions about the quantitative PhD project, please contact PhD candidate Linda Nesse at linda.nesse@nmbu.no or +4741613687, or main supervisor, associate professor Ruth Kjærsti Raanaas at ruth.raanaas@nmbu.no