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Table 1 Summary of included studies

From: Quality of life of people with mental health problems: a synthesis of qualitative research

Reference number First author Year Affiliation of first author Country Gender Recruited from Diagnosis/mental health problem
[25, 26] Cook S 2009 Occupational Therapy UK M = 16 Community Mental Health Teams 17 x Schizophrenia; 4 x Bipolar; 4 x Other
F = 8
[27, 28] Corring DJ 2007 Occupational Therapy Canada (Ontario) M = 25 Mental Health Association Programs & Consumer Survivor agency Schizophrenia n=27; Schizoaffective disorder n=7; Bipolar disorder n=4; Depression n=9; Posttraumatic stress disorder n=4; Anxiety disorder n=4; Borderline personality disorder n=4; Don’t know/no response; n=5
F = 28
[29] Fisher MA 1998 Nursing Canada N = 24 Acute in-patient Diagnoses included: Major depression; Bipolar; affective disorder; Depression/anxiety; Schizo-affective disorder; Psychosis; Sociopathic personality disorder
[30] Gee L 2003 Psychology UK M = 3 Community Mental Health Teams/Acute inpatient Schizophrenia
F = 3
[31] Gould A 2005 Occupational Therapy Canada M= 4 via Poster Schizophrenia or other psychotic disorder
[32] Hamer HP 2009 Nursing - general and psychiatric New Zealand F= 10 Private psychology & psychotherapy clinics Panic Disorder
[33] Hedberg L 2009 Nursing/psychiatry Sweden M= 6 Out-patient No diagnosis – ‘Psychiatric disability’
F= 6
[34] Lalibertė-Rudman D 2000 Occupational Therapy Canada M= 25 Out-patient Schizophrenia - DSM-IV diagnostic criteria
F= 10
[35] Lim L 2004 Psychology Australia N= 18 Out-patient Bipolar Disorder
[36] Mayers CA 2000 Occupational Therapy UK M= 10 via O.T’s No diagnosis - 'enduring mental health problems'
F= 1
[37, 38] Michalak E 2006 Psychiatry Canada M = 12 Outpatients and inpatient Bipolar disorder
F = 23
[39] Rusner M 2010 Social Work Sweden M= 6 Out-patient & advocacy group Bipolar Disorder
F= 4
[40] Vellenga BA 1994 Nursing USA M= 15 Out-patient 8 x Schizophrenia; 4 x Bi-polar; 3 x Schizoaffective