Making the Translation from Research to Its Application: The Je Ne Sais Pas of Evidence-Based Practices

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  • Kimberly Hoagwood

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    1. National Institute of Mental Health
      Address correspondence to Kimberly Hoagwood, NYPSI, 1051 Riverside Drive, #78, New York, NY 10032. E-mail: HOAGWOOD@child.cpmc.columbia.edu
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Address correspondence to Kimberly Hoagwood, NYPSI, 1051 Riverside Drive, #78, New York, NY 10032. E-mail: HOAGWOOD@child.cpmc.columbia.edu

Abstract

Moving evidence-based treatments into practice settings is an important new direction for the field of children's mental health., but is fraught with many unknowns. This commentary discusses scientific conundrums that surround that transportability of research-based interventions, including issues of definition (e.g., differences among treatments, preventive interventions, services); diagnostic reification and the absence of markers; the value and status of combination treatments (including pharmacologic) for conceptualizing the evidence base; and differences between evidence-based practices and evidence-based treatments. Suggestions are made for a disciplined approach to advancing a yoked research and policy agenda for children's mental health.

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