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Evidence-Based Research: Introduction to EBP

Definition of Evidence-Based Practice

Evidence-based practice (EBP) is not a catchphrase. It is not a cookie cutter approach to social work practice. It is a process which involves critical thinking and evaluation of information to determine the most effective and efficient treatment for your client or community. It is a three pronged approach, taking into consideration:

  • The Practitioner's Individual Expertise
  • The Client's Values and Expectations
  • The Best Evidence

Other Definitions of Evidence Based Practice

Why Use It?

  • EBP discourages the use of pseudoscientific or harmful interventions.
  • It encourages professional social workers, nursing professionals, and psycholgists to base their interventions on evidence-supported treatment.
  • It is part of the Social Work Code of Ethics.

EBP Tutorials