The Healthcare Triple Aim in the Recovery Era

  • Nick KermanEmail author
  • Sean A. Kidd
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Recovery is the guiding vision of mental health systems and policy. However, skepticism has emerged about whether the paradigm can achieve its sought goals. We argue that embedding recovery within a quality improvement framework, such as the Triple Aim, would increase leverage for systems change and advance recovery practice. The Triple Aim’s goals of improving healthcare outcomes, quality, and costs are pertinent to mental health systems, although action is also needed to address the social determinants of health. Accordingly, we propose the recovery-oriented Triple Aim, which could be used to guide policy development and evaluation of mental health services.


Recovery Healthcare triple aim Mental health policy Serious mental illness 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of PsychologyUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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