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Explication and Definition of Mental Health Recovery: A Systematic Review

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This review assessed the concordance of the literature on recovery with the definition and components of recovery developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Each SAMHSA identified recovery component was first explicated with synonyms and keywords and made mutually exclusive by authors. Inter-rater reliability was established on the coding of the presence of 17 recovery components and dimensions in 67 literature reviews on the recovery concept in mental health. The review indicated that concordance varied across SAMHSA components. The components of recovery with greatest concordance were: individualized/person centered, empowerment, purpose, and hope.

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Elaine Alligood provided much appreciated library support services. This material is based upon work supported by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Health Services Research and Development (Grant# CIN 14–234). The authors are solely responsible for the contents of the manuscript and the contents do not represent official views of the US Department of Veterans Affairs or the United States Government.

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Correspondence to Marsha Langer Ellison.

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Ellison, M.L., Belanger, L.K., Niles, B.L. et al. Explication and Definition of Mental Health Recovery: A Systematic Review. Adm Policy Ment Health 45, 91–102 (2018).

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