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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: Keeping up with the multitude of advances in psychotherapy can be difficult with busy clinic schedules. With over 6,000 articles published on the topic, much of it available electronically, it can seem overwhelming. This book helps to overcome these obstacles.
Purpose: The main purpose is to provide clinicians with the ability to access and critically analyze the research literature regarding evidence-based practices. A secondary purpose is help readers who have difficulty accessing electronic databases become more familiar and comfortable with this medium.
Audience: The book is intended for psychiatrists, psychologists, and mental health paraprofessionals, as well as students in these disciplines. The authors are well established in clinical psychology with relevant research and service, including serving as the APA president (Koocher).
Features: The first few chapters focus on the skills of reading and critically evaluating empirically based treatments. It discusses relevant questions to ask, the strengths and limitations of research, and general information, such as hypothesis testing, experimental design, and statistics. Readers also will find guidance in the available electronic databases and methods for accessing them. The accompanying CD can be quite helpful for a hands-on demonstration for readers less comfortable with this medium. One chapter attempts to discuss common problems with research and how to spot them, but it is very short and only covers a few simple concepts. Later chapters provide information regarding the translation of research into clinical practice. A helpful chapter discusses the clinical evaluation of treatments, but the ethics section covers general topics and is truncated. The index is reasonable and the references are current up to 2007.
Assessment: The ability to critically review the research is essential for optimizing patient care. This book provides a good introduction to this process and maintains a level of sophistication that is both helpful and reasonable for students, paraprofessionals, and other non-research-based disciplines. Individuals with a strong research background (e.g., PhDs) will not miss anything by leaving this book on the shelf.