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Letters The notion of cure

The recovery model and patient generated outcome measures

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 17 July 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l4695
  1. Heidi J Hales, psychiatrist
  1. North West London Forensic Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, St Bernard’s Hospital, London UB1 3EU, UK
  1. heidi.hales{at}

Robertson discusses the notions of cure and wellness.1 In mental health, the vision of healing as “thriving within one’s life as it is” is embedded in the recovery model. We always aim to reduce distressing symptoms, but labelling people as unwell and incurable can cause its own iatrogenic …

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