The concept of recovery and its practical application
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The concept of recovery and its practical application

Isaac Tuffour Lecturer in mental health nursing, University of West London College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare, England

Recovery is a contested concept and definitions of it are scattered across various contexts and disciplines, contributing to the confusion that surrounds it. This article explores various conceptualisations of recovery and proposes a pragmatic way of viewing it as distributed across a continuum of clinical, social and personal domains. It also suggests the need to conceptualise recovery from the perspectives of different cultures.


Mental Health Practice. 20, 9,37-41. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2017.e1231

Received: 21 November 2016

Accepted: 12 January 2017

Published in print: 14 June 2017

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