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Matthew Fearrington


Evidence-based practice (EBP) in mental health was initiated in the United States due to state legislation. The EBP implementation process is complex due to multiple factors related to organizational culture. Mental health agencies implementing EBP processes can expect significant personnel changes due to higher turnover rates, which may have a negative effect on the quality of services. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between providers' attitudes toward the adoption of EBPs and organizational culture. The theoretical framework for this study was organizational culture theory and the Denison organizational culture model. This correlational and predictive study examined the relationship between the domains behind 112 provider attitudes as measured by the Evidence-Based Practice Attitude Scale and the multiple traits of organizational culture as measured by the Denison Organizational Culture Survey. A Pearson correlation was conducted in order to determine whether there were significant relationships prior to conducing a standard multiple regression and a stepwise multiple regression analysis. This study found a significant relationship between the mission trait and general provider attitudes and between the involvement trait and organizational support. The stepwise regression analysis found the mission trait to be a predictor of general provider attitudes. The standard regression analysis found the involvement trait to be a predictor of organizational support. Having this new insight could help managers make adjustments that may help providers be receptive to EBP adoption and ultimately may help in decreasing an organization's turnover. A more stable work environment may be conducive to the provision of higher quality services, leading to social change.