• By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Thursday 21st August, 2014

Poor fidelity for child mental health programmes

We know that better fidelity when implementing an evidence-based programme leads to better outcomes. But a review investigating the fidelity of 10 studies of interventions for children with multiple mental health conditions found that only one met the standard for “high” fidelity.The review claims that researchers and practitioners can do more to ensure that psychosocial interventions for chil…

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Tuesday 19th August, 2014

Failed RCT highlights challenges of preventing dropout

A failed randomised controlled trial provides valuable insights into how to prevent treatment dropout among traumatised children and their families. The research suggests that investing in formal engagement strategies pays dividends in the quest to engage and retain vulnerable populations treated in community-based settings.The trial was initially set up to evaluate the efficacy of a treatment mod…

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Thursday 14th August, 2014

Why does adherence matter?

Interventions are more effective when they are carried out as intended. But how can programme implementers keep tabs on how faithfully a programme is delivered? “Adherence” is the degree to which practitioners follow the protocols of the intervention – whether they go by the book. It’s one aspect of implementation fidelity, a broader concept that also measures whether the intervention…

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