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Finding the will to recover: philosophical perspectives on agency and the sick role
  1. Steve Pearce1,
  2. Hanna Pickard2
  1. 1Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford, UK
  2. 2All Souls' College, Oxford University, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Steve Pearce, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Complex Needs Service, Manzil Way, Oxford OX4 1XE, UK


Recovery from a range of common medical conditions requires patients to have the will to change their behaviour. The authors argue that the proper recognition of the role of willpower in recovery is necessary for effective treatment.

  • Applied and professional ethics
  • philosophy of medicine

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