Perceptions of Treatment Plan Goals of People in Psychiatric Rehabilitation

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Collaborative treatment planning is a process by which providers and consumers work together to set goals for treatment, choose between alternative services, and establish a plan. Research has not examined consumers’ views of their treatment plan goals. The present study examined ways in which consumers react to their treatment plan goals. Twenty-one interviews with Veterans engaged in psychiatric rehabilitation regarding goals listed in their treatment plan were analyzed using inductive content analysis. Reactions to treatment plan goals are reported. Analyses indicate people do not vary in a linear degree regarding agreement with treatment plan goals. Clinicians and researchers should examine the extent to which treatment plan goals are consistent with the consumer’s personal goals and self-concept.