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Appraising Research on Positive Mental Health for Person Centered Medicine

Margit Schmolke


The author appraises studies on positive mental health relevant to person centered medicine, with an emphasis on qualitative research designs dealing with personal and social resources, resilience and individual recovery processes of psychiatric patients. These studies and developments may have an enriching and stimulating impact on a person-centred medicine since they deal with patients’ inner subjective experiences and healthy aspects in midst of mental illness processes. Also the recent service user involvement in mental health research – a main component of the recovery movement – can be seen as an innovative step towards a new culture of research on subjective illness experience. Furthermore, the convergence of recovery orientation and person-centred care perspectives are delineated.


Positive health, resilience, recovery orientation, person-centred health care

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