Closing the research to practice gap in children's mental health: Structures, solutions, and strategies

Peter S. Jensen, Michael Foster

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Failure to apply research on effective interventions spans all areas of medicine, including children's mental health services. This article examines the policy, structural, and economic problems in which this gap originates. We identify four steps to close this gap. First, the field should develop scientific measures of the research-practice gap. Second, payors should link incentives to outcomes-based performance measures. Third, providers and others should develop improved understanding and application of effective dissemination and business models. Fourth, efforts to link EBP to clinical practice should span patient/consumers, providers, practices, plans, and purchasers. The paper discusses each of these in turn and relates them to fundamental problems of service delivery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-119
Number of pages9
JournalAdministration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 2010


  • Children's mental health services
  • Dissemination
  • Effectiveness
  • Evidence-based practices
  • Evidence-based treatment
  • Implementation research
  • Mental health service reform
  • Pay for performance
  • Research-to-practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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