Process and outcomes evaluation of a pre-academic arts program for individuals with mental health conditions: A mixed methods study protocol

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Introduction The Garage is a multidisciplinary pre-academic arts school for people with artistic abilities who are coping with mental health conditions (MHC). The programme, supported by the National Insurance Institute and the Ministry of Health in Israel, is an innovative rehabilitation service designed to impart and enhance artistic-professional skills and socioemotional abilities to ultimately facilitate participants' integration into higher education and the job market. Methods and analysis This mixed methods longitudinal study will include an embedded design in which the qualitative data are primary and the quantitative data are secondary, thus providing complementary information. The study will examine the contribution of the Garage to changes in participants' personal recovery, well-being, creative self-concept and community integration as well as possible mechanisms that may account for these changes. Qualitative data will be collected using focus groups with graduates and students (a total of ∼60 participants). Quantitative data will be collected by self-report questionnaires only from students attending the programme (before, during and at the end of the academic year). Data on the graduates' integration into higher education and the job market after completing the programme will also be collected from the management team. The qualitative data will be analysed following the grounded theory approach and the quantitative data will be analysed with correlations, paired tests to examine pre-post changes and regression analyses. A merged data analysis will be conducted for data integration. Ethics and dissemination The University's Human Research Ethics Committee approved the design and procedures of the study (approval #357-16). All participants will sign an informed consent form where it is clarified that participation in the study is on a voluntary basis, and anonymity and confidentiality are guaranteed. The results will be submitted for peer-reviewed journal publications, presented at conferences and disseminated to the funder and the programme's management team.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere025604
JournalBMJ Open
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2019

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  • arts
  • community rehabilitation
  • creativity
  • integration
  • mental health
  • personal recovery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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