The Recovery Journey Project
The Recovery Journey Project is a multi-year research study that aims to better understand the recovery process among those who receive mental health and addiction treatment. It is one of the only longitudinal studies in Canada designed to measure key indicators of recovery over time. The data collected can be used to monitor and evaluate treatment quality and effectiveness, generate new knowledge about the recovery process, and help shape the future of mental health and addiction treatment in Canada.
The Recovery Journey Project is conducted and led by researchers at Homewood Research Institute (HRI). HRI works directly with key treatment providers to collect data from former patients and clients. Results from the study will be shared with many different audiences including the participants themselves, treatment providers, researchers, and the general public.
The Recovery Journey Project has five key features:
Data Storage, Management and Analysis
Knowledge Translation Activities
The Recovery Questionnaire
To look at changes in recovery outcomes over time, we collect and analyze data from participants who have agreed to complete questionnaires at one, three, six, and twelve months post-discharge. The 20-minute questionnaires ask participants about various indicators of recovery, including:
• Mental health
• Substance use
• Confidence to remain abstinent
• Environmental risks and social supports
• Aftercare involvement
• Physical health and activity
• Social functioning
• Occupational functioning
• Health services use
• Quality of life and life satisfaction
History of the Project
The Recovery Journey Project, originally called Post-Discharge Outcomes (PDO) Monitoring, was launched in the Addiction Medicine Service (AMS) at Homewood Health Centre in 2015. Over time, the scope of the monitoring system evolved, and we have upgraded recovery measures, data collection procedures, analyses, and reporting practices to establish the full-scale research study currently in place as of April 2018.