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Center for Mental Health and Addiction Policy

Implementation Science Research

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We are developing a robust implementation science effort involving partnerships among primary and specialty providers and across the public and private sectors to press for the adoption of evidence-based policies and practices in our communities.

Focus on current research

Implementation of Health Homes for Persons with Serious Mental Illness in Maryland

Through a grant from the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH), Drs. Daumit, McGinty and Marsteller are studying implementation of Maryland’s health home program for persons with serious mental illness.  The implementation studies being conducted focus on identifying modifiable organization and provider-level factors that facilitate and impede delivery and integration of evidence-based healthcare and social services for this vulnerable population.

Dissemination of Interventions to Address Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Serious Mental Illness

Under several National Institute of Health (NIH) funded-studies, Drs. Daumit, McGinty and Marsteller are studying strategies to scale-up and sustain behavioral interventions shown in clinical trials to successfully address cardiovascular risk factors such as obesity and smoking among persons with serious mental illness.

Clinicians’ Perceptions of Implementation Interventions

In a project funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Dr. Marsteller is studying the role of guideline reminder systems in improving clinicians’ consistent implementation of medical guidelines.  The project includes development of a survey to test clinician’s perceptions of the usefulness of guideline-reminder systems and other implementation interventions.