ERIC Number: EJ1107226
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Implementation Science: Why It Matters for the Future of Social Work
Cabassa, Leopoldo J.
Journal of Social Work Education, v52 suppl1 pS38-S50 2016
Bridging the gap between research and practice is a critical frontier for the future of social work. Integrating implementation science into social work can advance our profession's effort to bring research and practice closer together. Implementation science examines the factors, processes, and strategies that influence the uptake, use, and sustainability of empirically supported interventions, practice innovations, and social policies in routine practice settings. The aims of this article are to describe the key characteristics of implementation science, illustrate how implementation science matters to social work by describing several contributions this field can make to reducing racial and ethnic disparities in mental health care, and outline a training agenda to help integrate implementation science in graduate-level social work programs.
Descriptors: Social Work, Theory Practice Relationship, Public Policy, Ethnicity, Racial Differences, Mental Health, Health Services, Graduate Students, Counselor Training, Intervention, Scientific Research, Futures (of Society), Cultural Awareness, Counseling Techniques, Minority Groups, Curriculum Design, Case Studies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (DHHS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: K01MH091108|R01MH104574