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Theoretical (NUR 3020) Recovery Concept Analysis Paper

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Recovery Concept analysis paper

Nova Southeastern University

Theoretical Foundations To Nursing Practice (NUR 3020)

Recovery from Mental Illness: A Concept Analysis
The word “recovery” has multiple definitions that differ among fields of study and
disciplines. Some recognize recovery as a destination or an outcome, and others classify it as a
process (Anthony, 2003). In the dictionary, recovery means “a return to a normal state of health,
mind, or strength” (Google, 2019). The Merriam-Webster dictionary has an additional definition
for recovery, which is “the process of combating a disorder (such as alcoholism) or a real or
perceived problem” (“Recovery”, 2019). According to Davidson, the term “recovery” in the
healthcare system is used to indicate the “repossession of health status or health functions after
an illness” (2002). In other mental health literatures, recovery can be seen as a beacon of hope or
the amelioration of symptoms (Ralph and Corriga, 2005). In terms of mental illnesses, a person
getting back to their previous condition before the onset of their illness is “highly impossible”.
(Huiting, 2013) Although some patients undergo a remission of their condition, symptoms fail to
be eradicated completely. Mental illnesses are unpredictable, making it difficult to determine if a
patient is undergoing recovery. Therefore, the definition of recovery as amelioration of
symptoms is highly unlikely (Roberts & Wolfson, 2004). This paper aims to define the criteria
of the concept of recovery, discuss theories that use the concept, and explain the significance of
the concept in nursing practice.



Theoretical (NUR 3020) Recovery Concept Analysis Paper

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