The Role of Lean Process Improvement in Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices in Behavioral Health Care

  • Bradley Steinfeld
  • Jennifer Scott
  • Gavin Vilander
  • Larry Marx
  • Michael Quirk
  • Julie Lindberg
  • Kelly Koerner


To effectively implement evidence-based practices (EBP) in behavioral health care, an organization needs to have operating structures and processes that can address core EBP implementation factors and stages. Lean, a widely used quality improvement process, can potentially address the factors crucial to successful implementation of EBP. This article provides an overview of Lean and the relationship between Lean process improvement steps, and EBP implementation models. Examples of how Lean process improvement methodologies can be used to help plan and carry out implementation of EBP in mental health delivery systems are presented along with limitations and recommendations for future research and clinical application.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bradley Steinfeld
    • 1
  • Jennifer Scott
    • 2
  • Gavin Vilander
    • 3
  • Larry Marx
    • 4
  • Michael Quirk
    • 5
  • Julie Lindberg
    • 6
  • Kelly Koerner
    • 7
  1. 1.Group Health CooperativeTacomaUSA
  2. 2.Children’s HospitalSeattleUSA
  3. 3.Group Health CooperativeSpokane 99201USA
  4. 4.Group Health CooperativeSeattleUSA
  5. 5.SeattleUSA
  6. 6.Molina Healthcare of WashingtonBothellUSA
  7. 7.Evidence Based Practice InstituteSeattleUSA

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