Psychosocial interventions for mental and substance use disorders: A framework for establishing evidence-based standards

Date: 2015
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Type:  Guidelines/Recommendations
Author:  England, M. J., Butler, A. S. & Gonzalez M. L. (Eds); Committee on Developing Evidence-Based Standards for Psychosocial Interventions for Mental Disorders; Board on Health Sciences Policy; Institute of Medicine
Publisher:  National Academies Press

Although the current evidence base for the effects of psychosocial interventions is sizable, subsequent steps in the process of bringing a psychosocial intervention into routine clinical care are less well defined. Psychosocial Interventions for Mental and Substance Use Disorders details the reasons for the gap between what is known to be effective and current practice and offers recommendations for how best to address this gap by applying a framework that can be used to establish standards for psychosocial interventions.
The framework described in Psychosocial Interventions for Mental and Substance Use Disorders can be used to chart a path toward the ultimate goal of improving the outcomes. The framework highlights the need to (1) support research to strengthen the evidence base on the efficacy and effectiveness of psychosocial interventions; (2) based on this evidence, identify the key elements that drive an intervention's effect; (3) conduct systematic reviews to inform clinical guidelines that incorporate these key elements; (4) using the findings of these systematic reviews, develop quality measures - measures of the structure, process, and outcomes of interventions; and (5) establish methods for successfully implementing and sustaining these interventions in regular practice including the training of providers of these interventions.
The recommendations offered in this report are intended to assist policy makers, health care organizations, and payers that are organizing and overseeing the provision of care for mental health and substance use disorders while navigating a new health care landscape. The recommendations also target providers, professional societies, funding agencies, consumers, and researchers, all of whom have a stake in ensuring that evidence-based, high-quality care is provided to individuals receiving mental health and substance use services.

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Settings:  Health Care, Primary Care, Emergency Departments, Outpatient Mental Health, Substance Abuse Treatment
About Suicide:  Suicidal Thoughts and Behavior, Data and Statistics, Behavioral Health Disorders, Substance Abuse
Planning and Implementing:  Policy and Legislation, Program Evaluation, Funding
Strategies:  Screening and Assessment, Treatment