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Implementation Research in Mental Health Services: an Emerging Science with Conceptual, Methodological, and Training challenges

George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University, 1 Brookings Drive, St Louis, MO 63130, USA.
Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research (Impact Factor: 3.44). 01/2009; 36(1):24-34. DOI: 10.1007/s10488-008-0197-4
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One of the most critical issues in mental health services research is the gap between what is known about effective treatment and what is provided to consumers in routine care. Concerted efforts are required to advance implementation science and produce skilled implementation researchers. This paper seeks to advance implementation science in mental health services by over viewing the emergence of implementation as an issue for research, by addressing key issues of language and conceptualization, by presenting a heuristic skeleton model for the study of implementation processes, and by identifying the implications for research and training in this emerging field.

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    • "In an effort to bridge the gap between research and practice, the field of implementation science has emerged. A plethora of conceptual frameworks have been developed to advance implementation science research including the framework advanced by Proctor et al. (2009) to IN PRESS MANUSCRIPT – DO NOT DISSEMINATE frame the central interventions and outcomes of implementation research. Additionally, conceptual frameworks, such as the CFIR (Damschroder et al., 2009) and EPIS (Aarons et al., 2011) can be especially useful in highlighting contextual influences that can facilitate or impede EBP implementation. "

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    • "The growing discipline of implementation science includes extensive discussion of the systemic elements needed for successful uptake of evidence-based practice, including readiness assessments, training and quality assurance strategies , sustainment planning and various modes of outcome measurement (Aarons et al. 2011; Hoagwood et al. 2014; Proctor et al. 2009; Schoenwald et al. 2012; Fixsen et al. 2005). Less emphasis is given to discussing the relative merits of different rating criteria for defining which programs are well-supported. "

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    • "The growing discipline of implementation science includes extensive discussion of the systemic elements needed for successful uptake of evidence-based practice, including readiness assessments, training and quality assurance strategies , sustainment planning and various modes of outcome measurement (Aarons et al. 2011; Hoagwood et al. 2014; Proctor et al. 2009; Schoenwald et al. 2012; Fixsen et al. 2005). Less emphasis is given to discussing the relative merits of different rating criteria for defining which programs are well-supported. "
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