"In social work, most agree that EBP is a process involving creating an answerable question based on a client or organizational need, locating the best available evidence to answer the question, evaluating the quality of the evidence as well as its applicability, applying the evidence, and evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of the solution.
Guidelines are "recommended procedures for accomplishing a given task or achieving a set of goals and objectives, formulated by a body with authority to speak on the subject but less binding than the formal standards used in evaluation and assessment"
"APA practice guidelines provide evidence-based recommendations for the assessment and treatment of psychiatric disorders and are intended to assist in clinical decision making by presenting systematically developed patient care strategies in a standardized format."
"APA has approved as policy a variety of professional practice guidelines and related criteria in areas such as multicultural practice; child custody evaluations; and treatment of gay, lesbian, and bisexual clients. These guidelines address psychological practice with particular populations (e.g., older adults) or in particular areas (e.g., parenting coordination) without focusing on specific disorders or treatments."
"NASW Practice Standards & Guidelines provide benchmarks that describe the services that social workers should provide; that employers should support and that consumers should expect."
Searching for Evidence-Based Literature
The pyramid below could be used to classify levels of evidence in the literature. Highest levels help in identifying the most empirically supported interventions/treatments when answering research questions.
RCT = Randomized Controlled Trial Source: Pyramid modified from: Navigating the Maze, University of Virginia, Health Sciences Library
Consider adding these terms to your search for evidence-based information:
specific types of studies (meta-analysis, systematic reviews, etc.)
"SAMHSA is committed to improving prevention, treatment, and recovery support services for mental and substance use disorders. The Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center provides communities, clinicians, policy-makers and others with the information and tools to incorporate evidence-based practices into their communities or clinical settings."
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