Step 4 of EBP: Collaboratively Discussing Treatment Options with the Client

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


Step 4 of the EBP process centers on discussing the relevant research results collaboratively with the client. It includes providing a plain language summary of the results to the client and actively exploring how the results fit with the client’s needs, situation, values, and preferences. This chapter examines why such an active, collaborative discussion is important and how it serves to support positive client outcomes. Four rationales for active and collaborative discussion with the client are offered. Topics a clinician might include in such a summary of relevant research are examined in depth and detail.


Evidence-based practice The steps of evidence-based practice Active collaboration with clients Informed consent Consent to treat Ethical issues in EBP Cultural competence Building the therapeutic alliance Person-centered treatment Patient-centered care 


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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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