Published February 2019

The Psychiatric Services Editor’s Choice provides essential curated collections from recent issues of Psychiatric Services.  Each month, Editor Lisa Dixon and the Early Career Psychiatrist Advisory Committee offer a curated collection from the rich resource of articles published in the journal. Updates will focus on one area, summarizing for the researcher, clinician, and policy analyst the latest information and seminal research with links to specific content from Psychiatric Services.

Recovery-oriented thinking has been an increasing driver in mental health services delivery. Notably, in 2003, the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health—the first presidential mental health commission in 25 years—concluded, “The goal of a transformed system [is] recovery.” These articles cover the theoretical framework of recovery, what recovery looks like in practice, how to measure personal recovery, how to integrate recovery into mental health quality metrics, and how to systematically transform systems of care to become recovery oriented. Because recovery has been defined in many ways, the collection starts with Nora Jacobson and Dianne Greenley’s 2001 article, “What Is Recovery? A Conceptual Model and Explication,” to provide a foundational view of the topic. The articles in the collection then delve into the debates that often emerge in discussions about recovery, such as how to integrate the biomedical perspective with the recovery perspective and how to bridge scientific research with the recovery model. Finally, the collection finishes up with recent research articles looking at rates of functional recovery for individuals with serious mental illness and the impact of recovery-focused interventions on personal recovery, hope, and empowerment.

Please note that not all articles in this curated collection are available without a subscription. For access, learn about subscribing to Psychiatric Services.


What Is Recovery? A Conceptual Model and Explication
Nora Jacobson, Ph.D., and Dianne Greenley, M.S.W., J.D.
Volume 52, Issue 4, pp. 482–485

An Exploratory Analysis of Correlates of Recovery
Sandra G. Resnick, Ph.D., Robert A. Rosenheck, M.D., and Anthony F. Lehman, M.D.
Volume 55, Issue 5, pp. 540–547

The Top Ten Concerns About Recovery Encountered in Mental Health System Transformation
Larry Davidson, Ph.D., Maria O’Connell, Ph.D., Janis Tondora, Psy.D., Thomas Styron, Ph.D., Karen Kangas, Ed.D.
Volume 57, Issue 5, pp. 640–645

Science and Recovery in Schizophrenia
Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D., Robert E. Drake, M.D., Ph.D., Lloyd I. Sederer, M.D., Aysenil Belger, Ph.D., Richard Keefe, Ph.D., Diana Perkins, M.D., M.P.H., Scott Stroup, M.D., M.P.H.
Volume 59, Issue 5, pp. 487–496

Recovery: A Dimensional Approach
Rob Whitley, Ph.D., Robert E. Drake, M.D., Ph.D.
Volume 61, Issue 12, pp. 1248–1250

What Does Recovery Mean in Practice? A Qualitative Analysis of International Recovery-Oriented Practice Guidance
Clair Le Boutillier, B.Sc., M.Sc., Mary Leamy, M.Sc., Ph.D., Victoria J. Bird, B.Sc., Larry Davidson, Ph.D., Julie Williams, B.Sc., M.Sc., and Mike Slade, Psych.D., Ph.D.
Volume 62, Issue 12, pp. 1470–1476

Measures of Personal Recovery: A Systematic Review
Vicki Shanks, B.Sc., M.Sc., Julie Williams, B.Sc., M.Sc., Mary Leamy, M.Sc., Ph.D., Victoria J. Bird, B.Sc., Clair Le Boutillier, B.Sc., M.Sc., and Mike Slade, Psych.D., Ph.D.
Volume 64, Issue 10, pp. 974–980

Person-Oriented Recovery of Individuals With Serious Mental Illnesses: A Review and Meta-Analysis of Longitudinal Findings
Elizabeth C. Thomas, Ph.D., Katie E. Despeaux, B.A., Amy L. Drapalski, Ph.D., Melanie Bennett, Ph.D.
Volume 69, Issue 3, pp. 259–267

National Estimates of Recovery-Remission From Serious Mental Illness
Mark S. Salzer, Ph.D., Eugene Brusilovskiy, M.U.S.A., Greg Townley, Ph.D.
Volume 69, Issue 5, pp. 523–528

Recovery-Oriented Practice in Mental Health Inpatient Settings: A Literature Review
Anna K. Waldemar, M.Sc., Sidse M. Arnfred, Ph.D., D.M.Sc., Lone Petersen, M.Sc., Ph.D., Lisa Korsbek, M.A., Ph.D.
Volume 67, Issue 6, pp. 596–602

Bringing Recovery and Consumers’ Views Into the Mainstream of Mental Health Quality Measurement
Harold A. Pincus, M.D., Brigitta Spaeth-Rublee, M.A., Parashar Pravin Ramanuj, M.B.B.S., M.R.C.Psych.
Volume 68, Issue 11, pp. 1182–1184

NoncomplianceNonadherence, and Dropout: Outmoded Terms for Modern Recovery-Oriented Mental Health
David Roe, Ph.D., and Larry Davidson, Ph.D.
Volume 68, Issue 10, pp. 1076–1078

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