What is it about?

Recovery from mental illness is possible through empowerment of individuals to identify well-being goals and effective ways to manage both physical and mental health. Yet, many clinical settings remain focused on the medical model of care, including symptoms management, despite the recognition of the importance of recovery-oriented care for consumers and their families. We investigated the effectiveness of interventions on recovery knowledge and attitudes of mental health professionals and their clinical practice. We found that professional education and training strategies encourage the concept of recovery and recovery-oriented care, crisis prevention and management, the testimony of people with lived experiences and the effective implementation of the recovery model in mental health settings. Further, recovery-oriented interventions have the potential to improve care for people with mental illness through reduced coercion and use of mechanical restraints. A salient feature of recovery interventions was consumer participation, which enhanced empathy, knowledge, and skills among mental health professionals.

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Why is it important?

Recovery-oriented interventions are effective in enhancing mental health practices by improving work satisfaction, hope, and optimism among mental health professionals. Such initiatives also support consumers' recovery, the provision of quality care through effective patient provider interaction and the development of recovery-oriented culture in mental health. The recovery model of care views consumers as active agents in treatment decisions and promotes collaborative partnerships and therapeutic alliance.


This paper was written with PhD student and experienced psychiatric nurse, Anju Sreeram, and Professor Wendy Cross, who has 40 years experience in mental health in adult acute and crisis services.

Dr Louise Townsin
Torrens University Australia

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This page is a summary of: Effect of recovery‐based interventions on recovery knowledge and attitudes of mental health professionals, regarding recovery‐oriented practice: A quantitative narrative review, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, June 2021, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/inm.12897.
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