The Potential Benefits of Flexibility for Dissemination and Implementation: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as an Example
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The article by Fixsen and Blase (this issue) provides a clear roadmap for how to scale up behavior analytic procedures for successful dissemination and implementation. The authors outline the steps taken and lessons learned in achieving large-scale implementation through strategies such as focusing on fidelity, replication, and larger units of analysis with a well-defined set of procedures and programs. Identifying factors that affect successful dissemination and implementation is critically important to ensure decades of careful research have maximum impact on providers, policies, and, ultimately, public health. Yet, there may be multiple pathways to success and exploring other strategies can broaden the range of methods from which to choose.
In this commentary, we will highlight some of the converging and diverging strategies between the Teaching-Family Model (TFM) and the dissemination and implementation of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). ACT is a behavior analytic approach...
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