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J Psychoactive Drugs. 2007 Sep;39(3):231-40.

Implementing an evidence-based practice: Seeking Safety Group.

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PROTOTYPES, Centers for Innovation in Health, Mental Health, and Social Services, Los Angeles, CA, USA.


This article presents findings from a multisite study on adopting and implementing an evidence-based practice, Seeking Safety, for women with co-occurring disorders and experiences of physical and sexual abuse. It focuses on what implementation decisions different sites made to optimize the compatibility of Seeking Safety with the site's needs and experiences and on issues posed by Rogers (1995) as relevant to successful diffusion of an innovative practice. A total of 157 clients and 32 clinicians reported on satisfaction with various aspects of the model. Cross-site differences are also examined. Results show that Seeking Safety appears to be an intervention that clinicians perceive as highly relevant to their practice, and one that adds value. Clients perceive the treatment as uniquely touching on their needs in a way that previous treatments had not.

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