Oil and water or oil and vinegar? Evidence-based medicine meets recovery

Larry Davidson, Robert E. Drake, Timothy Schmutte, Thomas Dinzeo, Raquel Andres-Hyman

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)323-332
Number of pages10
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2009
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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