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ERIC Number: EJ881908
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 173
ISSN: ISSN-1049-7315
Evidence-Informed Practice: Antidote to Propaganda in the Helping Professions?
Gambrill, Eileen
Research on Social Work Practice, v20 n3 p302-320 2010
The most concerning issue affecting the quality of practices and policies in the helping professions is the play of propaganda, which misleads us regarding what is a problem, how (or if) it can be detected, its causes, and how (or if) it can be remedied. Propaganda is defined as encouraging beliefs and actions with the least thought possible. Censorship is integral to propaganda including hiding well-argued alternatives and lack of evidence for claims. Evidence-based practice was developed in part because of misleading claims in the professional literature. If propaganda is an integral part of our society, we cannot escape its influence. But we can become aware of it, encouraged by ethical obligations to avoid harming in the name of helping. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Language: English
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