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

Community Ment Health J. 2009 Oct;45(5):323-32. doi: 10.1007/s10597-009-9228-1. Epub 2009 Aug 2.


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.

MeSH terms

  • Evidence-Based Medicine*
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / rehabilitation*