The case for positive risk-taking to promote recovery
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The case for positive risk-taking to promote recovery

Gillian Reddington Charge nurse, psychiatry liaison, NHS Lanarkshire, Scotland

The research available on the use of positive risk-taking in clinical practice is surprisingly limited. The purpose of this article is to highlight the limitations and make recommendations about how risk-taking could shape future practice in mental health services. A search of databases including CINAHL and PsycINFO for papers that included the keywords recovery, risk management, positive risk-taking and risk management found that mental health practitioners were keen to promote positive risk-taking with patients to enable their recovery. Barriers to this included a culture of blame should a negative outcome arise, and the need for more support and guidance from management. As positive risk-taking has been shown to be an important part of successful recovery, there is a need for more research to support its application in clinical practice.

Mental Health Practice. 20, 7, 29-32. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2017.e1183


Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 09 June 2016

Accepted: 17 August 2016