, Volume 42, Issue 3, pp 243-257
Date: 13 Mar 2006

Consumer and Family Views on Evidence-Based Practices and Adult Mental Health Services

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Evidence-based practice (EBP) is an important construct in mental health services. Though much has been written about them, there is little in the literature that fully explores consumers’ and family members’ views regarding EBPs. Using a focus group methodology, this study asked the question “What are consumers’ and family member’s views of EBPs within the larger context of their mental health service needs and their experiences with the mental health service system?” Results indicate that consumers and families have limited knowledge of EBPs, are generally supportive of EBPs, but have questions and concerns that are grounded in systemic and contextual considerations.

Anna Scheyett is affiliated with the School of Social Work, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Erin McCarthy is affiliated with Durham County Department of Social Services.
Christina Rausch, Consultant is affiliated with NC Bridging Science and Service.
Address correspondence to Anna Scheyett, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., C.A.S.W.C.M., School of Social Work, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 301 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3550, USA; e-mail: amscheye@email.unc.edu.