Journal Article

Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices in State Mental Health Systems: Implications for Research and Effectiveness Studies

Vijay Ganju

in Schizophrenia Bulletin

Published on behalf of Maryland Psychiatric Research Center

Volume 29, issue 1, pages 125-131
Published in print January 2003 | ISSN: 0586-7614
Published online January 2003 | e-ISSN: 1745-1701 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordjournals.schbul.a006982
Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices in State Mental Health Systems: Implications for Research and Effectiveness Studies

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There is a huge gap between knowledge and practice, and between what is known through research and what is actually implemented in public mental health systems. In the past 2 decades, rigorous research has demonstrated the effectiveness of various treatments and interventions but these findings have not resulted in broad-based implementation. A major contention of this article is that while there is a growing body of knowledge related to evidence-based practices, there is a lack of understanding and research related to factors critical for implementation. This article reviews the current status of implementation of evidence-based practices in the public mental health system and identifies challenges and barriers related to their dissemination. Based on this analysis, this article proposes a research agenda that promotes the development of a science of implementation of evidence-based practices.

Keywords: Evidence-based practices; mental health; public mental health; research; effectiveness studies; implementation studies; State mental health agencies

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Subjects: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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