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Kan psykiatrin bli återhämtningsinriktad?:  Psykiatrins praktik och kunskap kontra brukarpraktik och kunskap
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work. (Socialpsykiatriska seminariet)
2011 (Swedish)In: Tidskrift för Psykisk Helsearbeid, Vol. 8, no 4, 303-313 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

An increasing number of policy documents are recommending that the recovery perspective be used as a guiding principle in the development of psychiatric care. The recovery perspective also implies a formalized user involvement in the planning and managing of treatment interventions. The present article questions whether it is possible to integrate this perspective in psychiatry’s current practice and body of knowledge. Three aspects are investigated: What are mental disorders? Who are the users? What factors contribute to the recovery process? Psychiatry’s belief in chronic illnesses that follow a given course of development is contrasted with the view of mental problems as being related to life events and that recovery is a likely course of development. The dominant view in psychiatry is that the patient is irrational and incapable of interpersonal relationships. Results in recovery research place the user in his or her social context and show that managing of symptoms and stigma is possible. Where psychiatry focuses on specific treatment interventions, the users themselves point at a variety of helping factors where interpersonal relationships play a central role. An integration of users’ experience-based knowledge in the arena of psychiatry would deeply transform its current knowledge and practice.

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Universitetsforlaget , 2011. Vol. 8, no 4, 303-313 p.
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-65874OAI: diva2:465760
Available from: 2011-12-15 Created: 2011-12-15 Last updated: 2012-01-16Bibliographically approved

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