Design elements in implementation research: A structured review of child welfare and child mental health studies

John Landsverk, C. Hendricks Brown, Jennifer Rolls Reutz, Lawrence Palinkas, Sarah Mc Cue Horwitz

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Abstract

Implementation science is an emerging field of research with considerable penetration in physical medicine and less in the fields of mental health and social services. There remains a lack of consensus on methodological approaches to the study of implementation processes and tests of implementation strategies. This paper addresses the need for methods development through a structured review that describes design elements in nine studies testing implementation strategies for evidence-based interventions addressing mental health problems of children in child welfare and child mental health settings. Randomized trial designs were dominant with considerable use of mixed method designs in the nine studies published since 2005. The findings are discussed in reference to the limitations of randomized designs in implementation science and the potential for use of alternative designs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-63
Number of pages10
JournalAdministration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

Keywords

  • Child mental health
  • Child welfare
  • Implementation research
  • Research design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health Policy
  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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