ERIC Number: EJ821388
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
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Practitioner Expertise in Evidence-Based Practice Decision Making
McCracken, Stanley G.; Marsh, Jeanne C.
Research on Social Work Practice, v18 n4 p301-310 2008
Evidence-based practice (EBP) is an orientation to practice that values evidence as a resource for clinical decision making while recognizing that evidence alone is never sufficient to make a clinical decision. Critics of EBP typically ignore, negate, or misrepresent the role of practitioner thinking processes and expertise in clinical settings. The authors believe that, far from being a mechanistic process that ignores practitioner expertise, reflection and critical thinking are essential to implementing EBP in real-world clinical practice. The purpose of this article is to provide guidance for how practitioners bring their expertise to bear when engaging in the process of EBP. The authors use a social work practice scenario to illustrate the application of practitioner expertise in each of the five steps of EBP.
Descriptors: Social Work, Evidence, Decision Making, Expertise, Reflection, Critical Thinking, Caseworkers
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