Adapting evidence-based interventions to accommodate cultural differences: where does this leave effectiveness?

Kerrie DOYLE, Catherine HUNGERFORD

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Evidence-based interventions are an essential part of delivering contemporary mental health services. Many such interventions, however, are developed with and for mainstream population groups. Practitioners and researchers alike will often adapt tools, practices, processes or programmes to meet the needs of culturally diverse populations groups, but wonder if and how such adaptations will affect outcomes. This paper considers the processes by which evidence-based interventions can be adapted by health professionals in any context; and includes an example of a successful cultural adaptation to an evidence-based intervention. The successful implementation of the Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid programme in Australia illustrates the potential for adapted interventions to support improvements in the health outcomes of people from culturally diverse backgrounds. The paper concludes by outlining the steps mental health professionals can take when adapting evidence-based interventions for use in their own workplace settings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)739-744
Number of pages6
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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