Commentary: Evidence Based Practice

Commentary: Evidence Based Practice

Evidence based practice refers to the intervention used to find the most effective method of treatment and interventions for clients. Evidence based practices however are scientific measures which correspond to scientific literature.

Generalizations, gaps in literature, conflicts of interest, and availability of resources, may be of concern. Many different levels of treatment must be considered when applying EBP. The practitioner’s approach must correspond with the beliefs and values of his or her client. If a client feels that his or her voice is not being heard in treatment, the interventions of treatment will not be as effective as they otherwise would have been. Information gathered during CBT serves as evidence to support effective client intervention. A clinician needs to be aware of ethical concerns that may arise from this treatment.

In this process, a practitioner develops an answerable question or problem to identify in treatment with a client. The practitioner then identifies and studies useful literature to aid in investigating the problem at hand. The practitioner remains aware of conflicts of interest and ethical concerns that may arise in their research and treatment. This information is integrated into the unique treatment of the client and then analyzed for success.

A practitioner may choose not to integrate EBP methods with a particular client if they believe the intervention to be detrimental to the client or against the client’s particular set of beliefs. A lack of resources may also impede a practitioner’s use of EBP. A clinician may also struggle with integrating what they have learned through research into the effective treatment of a client.

((((Rubin, A. & Bellamy, J. (2012). Practitioner’s guide to using research for evidence-based practice, Chapter 5 (pp. 85-109). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.))))

((((Thyer, B.A. (2008). Interventions with adults. In K.M. Sowers & C.N. Dulmus (Editors-in-Chief), Comprehensive handbook of social work and social welfare, Vol 3, Practice (pp.1-52). Hobooken, NJ: John Whiley & Son.))))

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