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Oil and Water or Oil and Vinegar? Evidence-Based Medicine Meets Recovery

Department of Psychiatry, Program for Recovery and Community Health, Yale University School of Medicine, Erector Square 6 West, Suite #1C, 319 Peck Street, New Haven, CT 06513, USA.
Community Mental Health Journal (Impact Factor: 1.03). 09/2009; 45(5):323-32. DOI: 10.1007/s10597-009-9228-1
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ABSTRACT With the increasing prominence of the notions of "recovery" and "recovery-oriented practice," practitioners, program managers, and system leaders are increasingly asking about the relationship between "evidence-based practices" and recovery. After reviewing the concepts of recovery from mental illness, being in recovery with a mental illness, recovery-oriented care, and evidence-based medicine, the authors argue for a complementary relationship between recovery and evidence-based practices. This relationship is neither simple nor straightforward, but results in a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts through which each element benefits from the influence of the other.

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