Social Work Policy Institute. Evidence-Based Practice: Registries and Databases
Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a process in which the practitioner combines well-researched interventions with clinical experience and ethics, and client preferences and culture to guide and inform the delivery of treatments and services
Evidence-based practice (EBP) has been described as the “...conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual [clients]" (Sackett et al., 1996, p.71). As stipulated by these same authors, this definition requires a process that is comprised of several steps for finding and employing appropriate interventions for every client, and also requires that the client’s preferences and actions, as well as their clinical state and circumstances, must be a part of the decision-making process. Specifically, the steps involve:
1. Formulating a client, community, or policy-related question;
2. Systematically searching the literature;
3. Appraising findings for quality and applicability;
4. Applying these findings and considerations in practice;
5. Evaluating the results.
Disseminating Evidence-Based Practice for Children and Adolescents: a systems approach to enhancing care.
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