Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology

, Volume 46, Issue 2, pp 127–136

One size fits all: or horses for courses? Recovery-based care in specialist mental health services

Authors

    • Division of Mental HealthSt George’s University of London
  • Alexia Demetriou
    • Division of Mental HealthSt George’s University of London
  • William Boland
    • Division of Mental HealthSt George’s University of London
  • Stephen Gillard
    • Division of Mental HealthSt George’s University of London
  • Michael Kavuma
    • Division of Mental HealthSt George’s University of London
  • Gillian Mezey
    • Division of Mental HealthSt George’s University of London
  • Victoria Mountford
    • Division of Mental HealthSt George’s University of London
  • Kati Turner
    • Division of Mental HealthSt George’s University of London
  • Sarah White
    • Division of Mental HealthSt George’s University of London
  • Ewa Zadeh
    • Division of Mental HealthSt George’s University of London
  • Christine Wright
    • Division of Mental HealthSt George’s University of London
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s00127-009-0174-6

Cite this article as:
Turton, P., Demetriou, A., Boland, W. et al. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol (2011) 46: 127. doi:10.1007/s00127-009-0174-6

Abstract

Introduction

The ‘recovery approach’ to the management of severe mental health problems has become a guiding vision of service provision amongst many practitioners, researchers, and policy makers as well as service users.

Method

This qualitative pilot study explored the meaning of ‘recovery’ with users of three specialist mental health services (eating disorders, dual diagnosis, and forensic) in 18 semi-structured interviews.

Results

The relevance of themes identified in mainstream recovery literature was confirmed; however, the interpretation and relative weight of these themes appeared to be affected by factors that were specific to the diagnosis and treatment context. ‘Clinical’ recovery themes were also seen as important, as were aspects of care that reflect core human values, such as kindness.

Keywords

Recovery Specialist mental health service Eating disorder Dual diagnosis Forensic

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2009