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Going Global: A Model for Evaluating Empirically Supported Family-Based Interventions in New Contexts
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2014 (English)In: Evaluation & the Health Professions, ISSN 0163-2787, E-ISSN 1552-3918, Vol. 37, no 2, 203-230 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The spread of evidence-based practice throughout the world has resulted in the wide adoption of empirically supported interventions (ESIs) and a growing number of controlled trials of imported and culturally adapted ESIs. This article is informed by outcome research on family-based interventions including programs listed in the American Blueprints Model and Promising Programs. Evidence from these controlled trials is mixed and, because it is comprised of both successful and unsuccessful replications of ESIs, it provides clues for the translation of promising programs in the future. At least four explanations appear plausible for the mixed results in replication trials. One has to do with methodological differences across trials. A second deals with ambiguities in the cultural adaptation process. A third explanation is that ESIs in failed replications have not been adequately implemented. A fourth source of variation derives from unanticipated contextual influences that might affect the effects of ESIs when transported to other cultures and countries. This article describes a model that allows for the differential examination of adaptations of interventions in new cultural contexts.

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2014. Vol. 37, no 2, 203-230 p.
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evidence-based interventions, transportability, adaptation, globalization, evidence-based practice
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Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-105410DOI: 10.1177/0163278712469813ISI: 000336264700004OAI: diva2:729010


Available from: 2014-06-25 Created: 2014-06-24 Last updated: 2014-06-25Bibliographically approved

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