Practice-Oriented Research: An Introduction to New Developments and Future Directions

Louis G. Castonguay, Dana Atzil-Slonim, Kim de Jong, Soo Jeong Youn

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Aimed at understanding and improving psychological therapies as they are conducted in clinical routine, practice-oriented research (POR) is now a well-established approach to the scientific foundations of mental health care services. Resting on the accumulation of a wide range of practice-based evidence related to treatment outcome and process, as well as factors associated with the participants of psychotherapy and its context, POR is ripe for new developments – regarding what to investigate and how to investigate it. This paper is the introduction of a series devoted to recent advances and future directions of POR as their pertained to routine outcome monitoring, technologies and artificial intelligence, the integration of constructs and methods from program evaluation and implementation science, and the investigation of populations with limited financial resources across various regions of the world. The series also includes commentaries from two leaders of POR.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-290
Number of pages4
JournalAdministration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
Issue number3
Early online date3 Apr 2024
StatePublished - May 2024

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  • Artificial intelligence
  • Implementation science
  • Practice based evidence
  • Practice oriented research
  • Program evaluation
  • Routine outcome monitoring
  • Underserved populations


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