Community mental health agency views of research

Jodi M. Gonzalez, Dharma E. Cortés, Tamara Reeves, Rob Whitley, Linda Lopez, Gary R. Bond, Dawn I Velligan, Alexander L Miller

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Abstract

We examined community mental health center staff perceptions of ongoing research within their agency. We interviewed upper management and conducted focus groups with medical staff, non-medical clinicians, and administrative staff. Participants were asked about (1) their attitudes towards research in general, agency research and towards the principal academic institution doing research with clients, (2) their perceptions of the value of research and (3) ideas for improving the collaboration. We identified 5 overarching themes: inter-agency communication, shared goals and equality in research, researchers adding knowledge to the agency, improving attitudes toward research, and agency involvement in research. Under these domains, specific suggestions are made for how to improve the collaboration across all stakeholder groups. Lack of shared values and inadequate communication processes can negatively impact community-based research collaborations. However, clear strategies, and adequate resources have great potential to improve community mental health collaborations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-231
Number of pages9
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Volume48
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2012

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Keywords

  • Academic-community partnerships
  • Health services research
  • Mental health services
  • Qualitative research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Health(social science)

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Gonzalez, J. M., Cortés, D. E., Reeves, T., Whitley, R., Lopez, L., Bond, G. R., ... Miller, A. L. (2012). Community mental health agency views of research. Community Mental Health Journal, 48(2), 223-231. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10597-011-9397-6

Community mental health agency views of research. / Gonzalez, Jodi M.; Cortés, Dharma E.; Reeves, Tamara; Whitley, Rob; Lopez, Linda; Bond, Gary R.; Velligan, Dawn I; Miller, Alexander L.

In: Community Mental Health Journal, Vol. 48, No. 2, 04.2012, p. 223-231.

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Gonzalez, JM, Cortés, DE, Reeves, T, Whitley, R, Lopez, L, Bond, GR, Velligan, DI & Miller, AL 2012, 'Community mental health agency views of research', Community Mental Health Journal, vol. 48, no. 2, pp. 223-231. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10597-011-9397-6
Gonzalez JM, Cortés DE, Reeves T, Whitley R, Lopez L, Bond GR et al. Community mental health agency views of research. Community Mental Health Journal. 2012 Apr;48(2):223-231. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10597-011-9397-6
Gonzalez, Jodi M. ; Cortés, Dharma E. ; Reeves, Tamara ; Whitley, Rob ; Lopez, Linda ; Bond, Gary R. ; Velligan, Dawn I ; Miller, Alexander L. / Community mental health agency views of research. In: Community Mental Health Journal. 2012 ; Vol. 48, No. 2. pp. 223-231.
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