ERIC Number: EJ1021139
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
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Reference Count: 117
A Systematic Review of Strategies for Implementing Empirically Supported Mental Health Interventions
Powell, Byron J.; Proctor, Enola K.; Glass, Joseph E.
Research on Social Work Practice, v24 n2 p192-212 Mar 2014
Objective: This systematic review examines experimental studies that test the effectiveness of strategies intended to integrate empirically supported mental health interventions into routine care settings. Our goal was to characterize the state of the literature and to provide direction for future implementation studies. Method: A literature search was conducted using electronic databases and a manual search. Results: Eleven studies were identified that tested implementation strategies with a randomized ("n" = 10) or controlled clinical trial design ("n' = 1). The wide range of clinical interventions, implementation strategies, and outcomes evaluated precluded meta-analysis. However, the majority of studies ("n" = 7; 64%) found a statistically significant effect in the hypothesized direction for at least one implementation or clinical outcome. Conclusion: There is a clear need for more rigorous research on the effectiveness of implementation strategies, and we provide several suggestions that could improve this research area.
Descriptors: Mental Health Programs, Educational Strategies, Program Implementation, Intervention, Theory Practice Relationship, Literature Reviews, Meta Analysis, Program Effectiveness, Evidence, Models, Educational Theories, Outcomes of Treatment, Search Strategies
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