Authors: Mike Slade, UK
Event: 2013 TheMHS Conference
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The empirical evidence about recovery is growing fast. In this paper the evidence relating to three important questions will be reviewed. First, is it possible to define recovery? Two understandings of recovery will be elaborated: as a subjective experience and an observable outcome. Defining recovery from both these perspectives is possible. Second, is it possible to measure recovery? Recent systematic review evidence about measurement approaches will be described, and a framework will be presented for assessing recovery in a way which holds the person centre-stage whilst allowing aggregable data to be collected. Third, what interventions support recovery? A number of empirically supported interventions will be presented, as examples of the kinds of interventions which should be present in a recovery-focussed mental health system. In relation to all three questions, the current state-of-the-art in scientific knowledge will be presented, followed by identification of key knowledge gaps and immediate research priorities.