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Enablement approaches in mental health

Can enablement in mental health shift settings of care, improve outcomes and create cost savings within the system?

The purpose of the rapid review was to explore available literature on enablement and identify if this approach has been found to shift settings of care, improve outcomes and create cost savings within the system.

The search also aimed to identify if this effect is observed either in new patients coming into the mental health system versus those who have been long term users of the mental health system.

Due to the concept of enablement being a relatively new concept in healthcare the search conducted by the rapid review team on the topic was inconclusive. The research identified that ‘enablement’ has been written about from a broader health perspective (Huden et al, 2011) but no empirical evidence was identified within mental health.

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