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Patient involved in his recovery

How to make the patient a key actor in its psychiatric recovery ?

Make the patient an actor of his or her recovery

Making the patient an actor of its recovery is based on 3 key concepts:

  • recovery: this notion recalls that even for serious pathologies such as schizophrenia and psychoses, the majority of patients recover and live their lives like everyone else;


  • social inclusion: the patient is in charge of its personal recovery. However, the way society looks at psychiatric disorders and pathologies is an essential factor in the same way that the way public facilities are designed so that the person in a wheelchair can be included in society. Our social organization must remove any mechanism of social exclusion for these patients.


  • empowerment: giving the patient the means to acquire the knowledge to learn to live with its illness and successfully integrate socially.

Making the patient an actor in its recovery is a therapeutic paradigm that involves joint work by the patient and practitioners, but also collective and societal work. The objective of combining these 3 concepts is to give the patient suffering from a psychiatric disorder or pathology every chance of recovering.

How to make the patient an actor in his recovery?

In order involve the patient in its recovery, it is first necessary to include him or her, through education, by indicating to him or her with transparency, the consequences of the disorder or the  pathology on his or her daily life.
It is therefore necessary that practitioners do not rely on concepts, acronyms and technical terms, in order to make the pathology accessible to the patient.
Making the patient an actor of its recovery is a therapeutic paradigm which is based on the conviction that a patient who understands its pathology and its treatment has a greater potential for recovery.

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