Bridging community intervention and mental health services research Article

Wells, K, Miranda, J, Bruce, ML et al. (2004). Bridging community intervention and mental health services research . AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY, 161(6), 955-963. 10.1176/appi.ajp.161.6.955

cited authors

  • Wells, K; Miranda, J; Bruce, ML; Alegria, M; Wallerstein, N



  • Objective: This article explores the potential of community intervention perspectives for increasing the relevance, reach, and public health impact of mental health services research. Method: The authors reviewed community intervention strategies, including public health and community development and empowerment interventions, and contrast community intervention with practice-based quality improvement and policy research. Results: A model was proposed to integrate health services and community intervention research, building on the evidence-based strength of quality improvement and participatory methods of community intervention to produce complementary functions, such as linking community-based case finding and referral with practice-based quality improvement, enhanced by community-based social support for treatment adherence. Conclusions: The community intervention approach is a major paradigm for affecting public health or addressing health disparities. Despite challenges in implementation and evaluation, it represents a promising approach for extending the reach of mental health services interventions into diverse communities.

publication date

  • June 1, 2004

published in

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start page

  • 955

end page

  • 963


  • 161


  • 6