A realist approach to the evaluation of complex mental health interventions

Craig Duncan, Scott Weich, Sarah-Jane Fenton, Liz Twigg, Graham Moon, Jason Madan, Swaran Singh, David Crepaz-keay, Helen Parsons, Kamaldeep Bhui

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    Abstract

    Conventional approaches to evidence in which RCTs are prioritised appear increasingly inadequate for the evaluation of complex mental health interventions. By focusing on causal mechanisms and understanding the complex interactions between interventions, patients and contexts, realist approaches offer alternative ways of generating transferrable knowledge. While it has been suggested that the two approaches might be combined in realist RCTs, substantial barriers remain.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)451-453
    JournalBritish Journal of Psychiatry
    Volume213
    Issue number2
    Early online date20 Jul 2018
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2018

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