Measuring Fidelity in Suicide Prevention
Dr. Wendi Cross and Dr. Jennifer West, both of the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), review the importance of measuring fidelity of program implementation with particular emphasis on implementer fidelity. They focus on measuring two constructs – adherence to program content and competence in the delivery of that content – for suicide prevention interventions. Dr. Cross is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics and Director of Observational Research and Behavioral Information Technology Lab (ORBIT) at URMC, and Education Specialist/Researcher at the VA Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention, Canandaigua, NY. Dr. West is Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Pediatrics at URMC.