Comparing the Costs and Acceptability of Three Fidelity Assessment Methods for Assertive Community Treatment

Comparing the Costs and Acceptability of Three Fidelity Assessment Methods for Assertive... Successful implementation of evidence-based practices requires valid, yet practical fidelity monitoring. This study compared the costs and acceptability of three fidelity assessment methods: on-site, phone, and expert-scored self-report. Thirty-two randomly selected VA mental health intensive case management teams completed all fidelity assessments using a standardized scale and provided feedback on each. Personnel and travel costs across the three methods were compared for statistical differences. Both phone and expert-scored self-report methods demonstrated significantly lower costs than on-site assessments, even when excluding travel costs. However, participants preferred on-site assessments. Remote fidelity assessments hold promise in monitoring large scale program fidelity with limited resources. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research Springer Journals

Comparing the Costs and Acceptability of Three Fidelity Assessment Methods for Assertive Community Treatment

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Publisher
Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2017 by Springer Science+Business Media New York (outside the USA)
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Public Health; Health Administration; Clinical Psychology; Psychiatry; Health Informatics
ISSN
0894-587X
eISSN
1573-3289
D.O.I.
10.1007/s10488-016-0785-7
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Abstract

Successful implementation of evidence-based practices requires valid, yet practical fidelity monitoring. This study compared the costs and acceptability of three fidelity assessment methods: on-site, phone, and expert-scored self-report. Thirty-two randomly selected VA mental health intensive case management teams completed all fidelity assessments using a standardized scale and provided feedback on each. Personnel and travel costs across the three methods were compared for statistical differences. Both phone and expert-scored self-report methods demonstrated significantly lower costs than on-site assessments, even when excluding travel costs. However, participants preferred on-site assessments. Remote fidelity assessments hold promise in monitoring large scale program fidelity with limited resources.

Journal

Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services ResearchSpringer Journals

Published: Jan 4, 2017

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