Common factors: Evidence-based practice and recovery

Larry DAVIDSON, Ka Shing Kevin CHAN

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The authors of this Open Forum argue that the evidence-based practice movement has not paid adequate attention to the wealth of evidence that supports a central role for the so-called common factors that constitute a therapeutic alliance between practitioner and patient. They also suggest that progress might be made in improving the quality of community-based care for persons with serious mental illnesses and addictions if training programs returned to an emphasis on helping practitioners develop the skills involved in cultivating trusting and empathic relationships with the people they serve. The authors draw connections between the skills needed for such relationships and the skills involved in providing recovery-oriented care and peer support, two recent developments that call for a reinvestment in basic relationship-building skills for all behavioral health practitioners. Copyright © 2014 American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)675-677
JournalPsychiatric Services
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2014


Davidson, L., & Chan, K. K. S. (2014). Common factors: Evidence-based practice and recovery. Psychiatric Services, 65(5), 675-677. doi: 10.1176/


  • Mental health care
  • Mental disorders
  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Physician patient relationships


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