Factors affecting the utilization of mental health evaluation research findings
AbstractProvides an overview of the factors that seem to affect the use of mental health evaluation research findings. Relevant variables are divided into 4 major categories with characteristics of the (a) evaluation research, (b) participants, (c) organization, and (d) communication channels. A discussion of research characteristics includes coverage of negative findings, methodology, type of evaluation, and site at which it was conducted. The section on the participant contains an analysis of the administrator, the clinical staff, and the evaluator. Research in the area of innovation diffusion is described in the organization section, and finally, the examination of communication channels includes a discussion of techniques designed to enhance utilization as well as an emphasis on the importance of interpersonal communication channels.