Continuing Issues Regarding EBP in Practice

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


This chapter addresses several unresolved issues and challenges that practitioners and academics have raised about evidence-based practice (EBP) and evidence-based medicine (EBM). EBP/EBM has strong support from policy makers, funders, and administrators, though their standardized approaches often seem to leave out client values and preferences and to minimize clinical expertise. The medical model orientation of EBM/EBP research often appears to omit or minimize issues of human diversity and social justice. Further, EBM/EBP research often omits or minimally identifies people of color and other dimensions of human social diversity, seriously limiting its application in real-world practice.


Evidence-based practice Limitations of evidence-based practice Social justice and EBP Human diversity and EBP Applying research in clinical practice Social work education 


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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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