Bridging the research-to-practice gap in autism intervention: an application of diffusion of innovation theory.

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TitleBridging the research-to-practice gap in autism intervention: an application of diffusion of innovation theory.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsDingfelder, HE, Mandell, DS
JournalJ Autism Dev Disord
Volume41
Issue5
Pagination597-609
Date Published2011 May
ISSN1573-3432
KeywordsChild, Child Development Disorders, Pervasive, Diffusion of Innovation, Evidence-Based Medicine, Humans, Public Health, Research
Abstract

There is growing evidence that efficacious interventions for autism are rarely adopted or successfully implemented in public mental health and education systems. We propose applying diffusion of innovation theory to further our understanding of why this is the case. We pose a practical set of questions that administrators face as they decide about the use of interventions. Using literature from autism intervention and dissemination science, we describe reasons why efficacious interventions for autism are rarely adopted, implemented, and maintained in community settings, all revolving around the perceived fit between the intervention and the needs and capacities of the setting. Finally, we suggest strategies for intervention development that may increase the probability that these interventions will be used in real-world settings.

DOI10.1007/s10803-010-1081-0
Alternate JournalJ Autism Dev Disord
PubMed ID20717714
PubMed Central IDPMC3077435
Grant ListF31MH088172-02 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
R01 MH083717-02 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
R01 MH083717 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
R01 MH083717-01A1 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
F31 MH088172 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
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