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Three Perspectives on Evidence-Based Practice

  • James W. Drisko
  • Melissa D. Grady
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Part of the Essential Clinical Social Work Series book series (ECSWS)

Abstract

This chapter explores EBP from three different perspectives: first, its application in practice decision-making; second, its use in defining health-care policy, costs, and administrative practices; and third, its impact on privileging certain research methods and research funding. EBP was initially developed to bring research evidence into treatment planning before treatments were begun, yet it has become a means to reshape professional autonomy and instead prioritize administrative authority. Research funding has also, and usefully, been shifted to support the knowledge base of EBP. At the same time, other types of research—qualitative, indigenous, and even exploratory and descriptive studies—have received lesser funding and have been somewhat delegitimatized by EBPs’ emphasis on experimental research outcomes. The EBP model, intended to support client decision-making, has often become bureaucratically standardized at policy and administrative levels.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • James W. Drisko
    • 1
  • Melissa D. Grady
    • 2
  1. 1.School for Social WorkSmith CollegeNorthamptonUSA
  2. 2.School of Social ServiceCatholic University of AmericaWashington, DCUSA

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