Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research

, Volume 36, Issue 2, pp 83–90

Barriers to Adoption of New Treatments: An Internet Study of Practicing Community Psychotherapists

Authors

    • Department of PsychiatryYale University School of Medicine
    • National Center for PTSD
  • Tatyana Biyanova
    • Division of Mental Health Services and Outcomes ResearchYale University School of Medicine
  • James C. Coyne
    • University of Pennsylvania
Original paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10488-008-0198-3

Cite this article as:
Cook, J.M., Biyanova, T. & Coyne, J.C. Adm Policy Ment Health (2009) 36: 83. doi:10.1007/s10488-008-0198-3

Abstract

Over 1,600 North American psychotherapists from a wide range of disciplines and practice settings completed an open-ended question on perceived barriers to adoption of new treatments as part of an internet survey. Content analysis indicated that there were five overall themes: clinician attitudes, client characteristics, contextual or institutional factors, training issues and other. The most frequently endorsed theme revolved around training issues, particularly, insufficient time and cost for training, lack of confidence in mastering the technique, and lack of opportunities for refining skills. Specific ideas for overcoming these barriers are identified.

Keywords

PsychotherapyEducationEvidence-based medicine

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