Negotiating the Practical Meaning of Recovery in a Process of Implementation: An Empirical Investigation of How a Participatory-Inspired Research Approach to Implementation Might Facilitate a More Recovery-Oriented Practice: The Case of RENEW-DK

Michaela Høj, Katrine Schepelern Johansen, Birgitte Ravn Olesen, Sidse Arnfred

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As implementation of recovery-oriented practices has proven difficult, this study investigates whether a participatory-inspired approach to implementing and adjusting a recovery-oriented model, RENEW-DK, might facilitate a more recovery-oriented practice among the professionals in public sector services. Ten narrative interviews with professionals was analyzed from a Science and Technology Studies perspective, and special attention was devoted to the concepts of distortion and stigmatization. Despite a one-year participatory process of model adjustment and implementation, professionals experienced RENEW-DK as a distortion and thus shaped their practice of RENEW-DK according to organizational requirements and professional beliefs instead of making their practice more recovery-oriented. The study calls attention to the need to acknowledge contradictions between intentions in general models and values in specific organizations with local norms and practices.
TidsskriftAdministration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
Sider (fra-til)380–394
Antal sider15
StatusUdgivet - 2019


  • co-development
  • education
  • employment
  • implementation
  • mental health
  • narrative interviews
  • professionals
  • psychiatry
  • recovery-oriented practices
  • young adults

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