Illness management and recovery: Generic issues of group format implementation

David Roe, David L. Penn, Lynn Bortz, Ilanit Hasson-Ohayon, Karen Hartwell, Sarah Roe

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A recent development in psychiatric rehabilitation is the identification and standardization of evidence-based practices (EBP). In this article we report on the implementation of one of the EBPs, Illness Management and Recovery (IMR), in a group format in two settings and cultures, Israel and the United States (North Carolina) to address generic issues of implementation that arise across settings. The unique characteristics of the group format, ways in which they can be both enriching and challenging, and the importance of considering local cultural influences when using a standardized EBP are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-147
Number of pages17
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2007

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The National EBP Implementation Project, developed and spear-headed by the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center at Dartmouth, was funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA). As part of the project, implementation resource kits were developed for the five psychosocial EBPs: supported employment, family psychoeducation, integrated dual disorder treatment, assertive community treatment, and IMR. The kits can be downloaded from the SAMSHA website at http:// The purpose of this article is to describe and discuss the generic issues and cultural influences related to the group format implementation of one of the EBPs, IMR, at two locations, each in a different culture. One location was in Israel, the other in North Carolina, U.S.A.


  • Evidence based practices
  • Illness management
  • Implementation
  • Recovery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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