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Comment & Response
March 1, 2016

Implementing Quality Improvement for Psychosocial Interventions—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Columbia University, New York–Presbyterian Hospital, New York, New York
  • 2School of Public Health, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2016;315(9):943-944. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.17870

In Reply We agree with Dr Grant and colleagues that the advances in implementation science they note have the potential to make an important contribution toward implementation of the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine to improve the quality of psychosocial interventions for mental and substance use disorders. In particular, their comments support the recommendation for “developing a common terminology for describing and classifying the elements of evidence-based psychosocial interventions,” as well as recommendations related to evidence synthesis and future research needs. Furthermore, we believe that the Behavioral Change Technique Taxonomy is a useful effort toward developing an ontology of intervention elements that would not only be useful for research on psychosocial interventions but also lay the groundwork for advancing needed quality measurement and improvement strategies for mental illness and substance abuse care.

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