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EVE. (2016) Recovery Context Inventory. Cork: Health Service Executive.

PDF (Recovery Context Inventory questionnaire)
PDF (Recovery Context Inventory guide for use)


The RCI has 30 items that were designed to help you to think about key personal and service supports in your life and reflect on:

  •     how important you consider them to your own wellbeing and recovery
  •     how often these supports happen

The results will allow you to think about what is going well in your life and areas you may choose to work on. You may decide to use the RCI Workbook to develop a Personal Recovery Action Plan.

Why was the RCI Developed? In response to the new understanding of recovery, the Recovery Context Inventory (RCI) was developed by EVE to:

  • help people to consider all those aspects of their lives which they believe have the greatest impact on their mental health and wellbeing
  • support people who wish to engage in recovery planning
  • support services to respond to each individual’s priorities for mental health recovery

It was identified that a gap existed for a quality-assured inventory that could capture the uniqueness of personal recovery for each individual, as well as the interplay between internal and external factors related to peoples’ personal lives and the contact they have with mental health services. The RCI was developed using best practice principles in scale development based on the doctoral thesis of Tom O'Brien.  To find out more about the development of the RCI click here

Why use the RCI?
People who use the RCI say it has given them the opportunity to reflect on their lives and pinpoint areas important to their own unique recovery process. This process has been useful in developing their personal recovery action plan and has helped them become more focussed in their own personal recovery efforts. 

The RCI suite of materials includes the following:

The RCI Development Team give you permission to use the RCI suite of materials under the following conditions:

  1. You must attribute the work to the copyright holders EVE, a programme within the Health Service Executive, Ireland. 
  2. You may photocopy or print the suite of materials for your own personal use to support the development of a recovery action plan.
  3. You may not use any of the materials for commercial purposes. 
  4. None of the materials may be adapted without prior written permission.  Please contact rci@eve.iefor information. 

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