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Developing a model of recovery in mental health

Sylvie Noiseux1*, Denise St-Cyr Tribble2, Claude Leclerc3, Nicole Ricard1, Ellen Corin4, Raymond Morissette5 and Roseline Lambert6

Author Affiliations

1 Faculté des Sciences infirmières, Université de Montréal, 2375 Chemin de la Côte Sainte-Catherine, C.P. 6128, succursale A, Montréal, Québec, H3C 3J7, Canada

2 École des sciences infirmières, Faculté de médecine et des sciences de la santé, Université de Sherbrooke, 3001, 12e Avenue Nord, Sherbrooke, Québec, J1H 5N4, Canada

3 Département des sciences infirmières, Université du Québec, à Trois-Rivières, 3351 Bd des Forges Trois-Rivières, Québec, G9A 5H7, Canada

4 Institut Douglas Recherche, Pavillon Lehmann, bureau G-1123, 6875, Montréal boul. LaSalle, Verdun, Québec, H4H 1R3, Canada

5 Hôpital Louis-H. Lafontaine, 7401, rue Hochelaga, Québec, H1N 3M5, Canada

6 Centre de recherche Fernand Seguin, 7331, rue Hochelaga, Montréal (Québec), H1N 3V2, Canada

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BMC Health Services Research 2009, 9:73  doi:10.1186/1472-6963-9-73

Published: 1 May 2009



The recovery process is characterized by the interaction of a set of individual, environmental and organizational conditions common to different people suffering with a mental health problem. The fact that most of the studies have been working with schizophrenic patients we cannot extend what has been learned about the process of recovery to other types of mental problem. In the meantime, the prevalence of anxiety, affective and borderline personality disorders continues to increase, imposing a significant socioeconomic burden on the Canadian healthcare system and on the patients, their family and significant other [1]. The aim of this study is to put forward a theoretical model of the recovery process for people with mental health problem schizophrenic, affective, anxiety and borderline personality disorders, family members and a significant care provider.

Method and design

To operationalize the study, a qualitative, inductive design was chosen. Qualitative research open the way to learning – the inside – about different perspectives and issues people face in their process of recovery. The study proposal is involving a multisite study that will be conducted in three different cities of the Province of Québec in Canada: Montréal, Québec and Trois-Rivières. The plan is to select 108 participants, divided into four comparison groups representing four types of mental health problem. Each comparison group (n = 27) will be made up of 9 units. Each unit will comprise one person with a mental health problem (schizophrenia, affective anxiety, and borderline personality disorders. Data will be collected through semi-structured open-ended interview. The in-depth qualitative analysis inspired from the grounded theory approach will permit the illustration of the recovery process.


The transformation of our Health Care System and the importance being put on the people well-being and autonomy development of the person who are suffering with mental problem This study protocol follows-up on earlier theory-building process that begun with the work of Noiseux [2]. The contribution of the present study is to increase the comprehension of the concept of recovery and to enhance the body of knowledge in that domain. Very few studies have examined recovery and the one that did used a descriptive approach which did not take into account the perspective of the family members and the caregivers of the recovery process.