Conceptualising Recovery in Mental Health Rehabilitation

Lloyd, Christine A., Waghorn, Geoffrey and Williams, Philip Lee (2008) Conceptualising Recovery in Mental Health Rehabilitation. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71 8: 321-328. doi:10.1177/030802260807100804

Author Lloyd, Christine A.
Waghorn, Geoffrey
Williams, Philip Lee
Title Conceptualising Recovery in Mental Health Rehabilitation
Journal name British Journal of Occupational Therapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0308-0226
Publication date 2008-08-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/030802260807100804
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 71
Issue 8
Start page 321
End page 328
Total pages 8Upma Barnett
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher College of Occupational Therapists Ltd
Language eng
Subject 321204 Mental Health
920209 Mental Health Services
111714 Mental Health
Abstract Recovery as a concept has gained increased attention in the field of mental health. There is an expectation that service providers use a recovery framework in their work. This raises the question of what recovery means, and how it is conceptualised and operationalised. It is proposed that service providers approach the application of recovery principles by considering systematically individual recovery goals in multiple domains, encompassing clinical recovery, personal recovery, social recovery and functional recovery. This approach enables practitioners to focus on service users' personal recovery goals while considering parallel goals in the clinical, social, and role-functioning domains. Practitioners can reconceptualise recovery as involving more than symptom remission, and interventions can be tailored to aspects of recovery of importance to service users. In order to accomplish this shift, practitioners will require effective assessments, access to optimal treatment and care, and the capacity to conduct recovery planning in collaboration with service users and their families and carers. Mental health managers can help by fostering an organisational culture of service provision that supports a broader focus than that on clinical recovery alone, extending to client-centred recovery planning in multiple recovery domains.
Keyword Mental health
Occupational therapy
Service orientation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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