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Mental health
Perceptions of the realisation of recovery-oriented principles in psychiatric hospitals are lower among service users and family members than staff
  1. Mette Senneseth1,2
  1. 1 Centre for Research and Education in Forensic Psychiatry, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway
  2. 2 Department of Welfare and Participation, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Bergen, Norway
  1. Correspondence to Dr Mette Senneseth, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway; mette.senneseth{at}

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Commentary on: Anttila M, Lantta T, Hipp K, et al. Recovery-oriented mental health principles in psychiatric hospitals: How service users, family members and staff perceive the realisation of practices. J Adv Nurs. 2022 Nov 21. doi: 10.1111/jan.15506. Epub ahead of print.

Implications for practice and research

  • Systematic efforts are needed for staff to recognise and address the barriers for personal recovery in psychiatric hospitals.

  • A larger focus on patient-reported and family-reported outcome measures is needed in the evaluation of recovery-oriented practices.


The realisation of recovery-oriented practices is an overarching goal for mental health services worldwide, but is still a challenge in psychiatric hospitals. The aim of the study by Anttila et al 1 was to describe and compare how recovery-oriented mental health principles had been realised in psychiatric hospitals from …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.