It turns out that program leaders must juggle several approaches simultaneously to make that happen, wrote Maria Monroe-DeVita, Ph.D., an acting assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and colleagues, in the August Psychiatric Services. They must set clear practice standards and maintain adequate funding, train and supervise staff, integrate staff members into a good working team, and measure services delivered and collect patient outcome data. This multipronged approach can help maintain program quality even as health services researchers expand their understanding of what keeps an effective ACT program functioning.
To read more about research into what makes for a successful ACT program, see Psychiatric News here.
(Image: Lisa F. Young/Shutterstock.com)