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Developing Partnerships in Mental Health to Bridge the Research–Practitioner Gap


Horsfall, J and Cleary, M and Hunt, GE, Developing Partnerships in Mental Health to Bridge the Research-Practitioner Gap, Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 47, (1) pp. 6-12. ISSN 0031-5990 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1744-6163.2010.00265.x


PURPOSE: An overview of approaches used in contemporary mental health research to consider when coordinating research agendas is presented. Connections between the research–practice gap and evidence-based practice are explored. Collaboration, as a key concept and practice, is investigated particularly in relation to community and consumer participation in mental health research.

CONCLUSIONS: Non-commensurate belief systems, inadequate infrastructure, and institutional tendencies maintain the status quo and constitute significant impediments to widespread planned and integrated research programs.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: Communication and trust building between researchers and practitioners is central to developing effective collaborations that can deliver more effective health care.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Collaborative research;community-based research;consumer research participation;evidence-based practice;mental health;research–practice gap
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Mental Health
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Mental Health
Author:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
ID Code:108104
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-04-06
Last Modified:2017-11-02

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