ERIC Number: EJ912935
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
Clarification and Elaboration on Evidence-Based Practice in Psychology
Wampold, Bruce E.; Goodheart, Carol D.; Levant, Ronald F.
American Psychologist, v62 n6 p616-618 Sep 2007
Responds to comments by D. C. Wendt and B. D. Slife (see record 2007-13085-019), P. H. Hunsberger (see record 2007-13085-020), and R. B. Stuart and S. O. Lilienfeld (see record 2007-13085-021) regarding the report by the APA Presidential Task Force on Evidence-Based Practice (see record 2006-05893-001) entitled Evidence-based practice in psychology. The goal of the task force was to create a scheme that would suggest how evidence should be used to design and offer services that will benefit patients and to assure the public and the health care system that psychologists are providing evidence-based services. There were and will continue to be many scientific and philosophical issues inherent in any such enterprise, and agreement by all psychologists with every aspect of EBPP may not be possible. Nevertheless, the APA's EBPP policy and the report that accompanied it are remarkably inclusive of various perspectives while remaining unambiguous about the need to use evidence in a way that leads to effective services. What is needed at this point are clinically relevant evidence and investigations of how such evidence can be used to best benefit those served by psychological interventions.
Descriptors: Investigations, Theory Practice Relationship, Psychology, Evidence, Inferences, Clinical Psychology, Research Committees, Client Characteristics, Psychological Services, Reader Response, Research Methodology
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