Evidence-Based Behavioral Health Practices for Older Adults: A Guide to Implementation

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Overview

Improve Service Delivery with New Evidence-Based Guidelines

Geared to improve service delivery in the care of older adults, this new and more authoritative approach to practice and management is supported by the latest evidence-based guidelines from the leading experts in the field.

For the first time, behavioral health care providers can gain access to a more reliable source for implementing and improving service delivery protocols and practices. This new guide applies evidence-based criteria to the following patient care and management needs to help you:

  1. Select an Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)
  2. Assess Feasibility
  3. Manage Quality
  4. Create a Culturally Grounded Practice
  5. Assess and Treat Depression, Anxiety, and Substance Use Disorders
  6. Assess and Treat Dementia and Schizophrenia
  7. Review by Service Delivery Process
  8. Review within Special Settings
  9. Create More Sustainable Services

Written primarily for program administrators and clinical supervisors, health care professionals in mental health and geriatric services, and teachers and students in the field of geriatric health care, much of the timely information contained in this book can be used as a reference for evidence-based geriatric behavioral health by people who work with elderly clients with mental health needs.

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Reviewer: Heather Boyle, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: The book provides guidelines for developing and implementing evidence-based policy. Unique to medical literature, it includes methods to probe service problems and a structure for groups planning the solutions.
Purpose: The purpose is to explore the five principles of implementing evidence-based practices and to consider these within the context of specific mental health conditions, service delivery processes, and service institutions in order to improve the quality of mental health services for older adults. This is a necessary objective that the book meets well.
Audience: It was written for faculty and coaches affiliated with the Positive Aging Resource Center. The authors propose it will be useful for all people who work with elderly clients with mental health needs, especially program administrators, healthcare professionals, and teachers or students in these broad areas.
Features: The book develops an outline for problem solving in the delivery of medical care. The authors use their experiences developing systems to improve healthcare for elderly patients to illustrate their methods. The special issues in creating a treatment system that is sustainable for depression, anxiety, substance abuse, dementia, and schizophrenia are evaluated.
Assessment: The general approach to problem solving is well elaborated and provides information about how to develop solutions that are implemented. Not all problems in delivering healthcare to any special population could be elaborated in a book of any size. Rather, this book gives the reader insight into the methods to solve healthcare delivery issues and excellent examples of how the method worked for the authors.
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Reviewer: Heather Boyle, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: The book provides guidelines for developing and implementing evidence-based policy. Unique to medical literature, it includes methods to probe service problems and a structure for groups planning the solutions.
Purpose: The purpose is to explore the five principles of implementing evidence-based practices and to consider these within the context of specific mental health conditions, service delivery processes, and service institutions in order to improve the quality of mental health services for older adults. This is a necessary objective that the book meets well.
Audience: It was written for faculty and coaches affiliated with the Positive Aging Resource Center. The authors propose it will be useful for all people who work with elderly clients with mental health needs, especially program administrators, healthcare professionals, and teachers or students in these broad areas.
Features: The book develops an outline for problem solving in the delivery of medical care. The authors use their experiences developing systems to improve healthcare for elderly patients to illustrate their methods. The special issues in creating a treatment system that is sustainable for depression, anxiety, substance abuse, dementia, and schizophrenia are evaluated.
Assessment: The general approach to problem solving is well elaborated and provides information about how to develop solutions that are implemented. Not all problems in delivering healthcare to any special population could be elaborated in a book of any size. Rather, this book gives the reader insight into the methods to solve healthcare delivery issues and excellent examples of how the method worked for the authors.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826169655
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Sue E. Levkoff, ScD, is an associate professor in psychiatry at Brigham and Women's Hospital and an associate professor in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She currently serves as the director for the Positive Aging Resource Center, a national technical assistance center for enhancing behavioral health services for older adults.
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Table of Contents

  1. Contributors

    Foreword, Patrick J. Kennedy

    Introduction, Sue E. Levkoff, Hongtu Chen, and Maria D. Llorente

  2. Selecting an Evidence-Based Practice, Patricia A. Areán and Amber Gum
  3. Assessing Feasibility, Jane E. Fisher, Claudia Dro el, Michael A. Cucciare, and Craig Yury
  4. Quality Management in Evidence-Based Service Programs, Hongtu Chen, Rodolfo Vega, JoAnn E. Kirchner, James Maxwell, and Sue E. Levkoff
  5. Culturally Grounding Evidence-Based Practice, Ramón Valle, Elizabeth Stadick, Jane Latane, Virginia Cappeller, Monica de La Cerda, and Gregory Archer
  6. Evidence-Based Practices for the Assessment and Treatment of Depression, Anxiety, and Substance Use Disorders, Jane E. Fisher, Michael A. Cucciare, Claudia Dro el, and Craig Yury
  7. Evidence-Based Practices for Dementia and Schizophrenia, Jane E. Fisher, Kyle E. Ferguson, and Claudia Dro el
  8. Evidence-Based Practices by Service Delivery Process, Jeffrey A. Buchanan and Tiffany Berg
  9. Evidence-Based Practices within Special Settings, John M. Worrall, Stacey Cherup, Ruth A. Gentry, Jane E. Fisher and Hillary LeRoux
  10. Moving Toward Sustainable Services, Dean D. Krahn and Sue E. Levkoff
  11. Index
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