Evidence-Based Practice for the Helping Professions: A Practical Guide with Integrated Multimedia (with CD-ROM and InfoTrac) / Edition 1

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Overview

Practitioners in the helping professions make life-affecting judgements and decisions. This new integrated learning package seeks to improve practice reasoning through principles of logical thinking and evidence-based practice. EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE FOR THE HELPING PROFESSIONS gives students access to a robust companion Web site, linked to the best databases of use across all the helping professions. Also accompanying this book is a CD-ROM that contains three enactments of evidence-based practice: one of a hospital team, one of a courtroom testimony, and one of a school's individual education plan team meeting. Through viewing the videos on the CD-ROM and completing the interactive assignments, students will learn how to integrate practice and research.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book provides a practical detailed guide for professionals who are interested in evidence-based practice. It is grounded in the frontlines of teaching in a social work bachelor's degree program but will be applicable at many different professional education levels. It contains an entire chapter on posing answerable questions illustrating scores of questions posed by students based on their work with clients in the field.It builds on the extensive literature on evidence-based practice in the health area and illustrates how this literature can help us to honor our ethical obligations to clients to draw on practice -related research findings and honor informed consent obligations."

"An innovative, cutting edge work with excellent detail on helping students access the wealth of information available in world-wide databases. Its key strengths are its freshness and topicality."

Booknews
This text applies equally well to practice and to research methods courses in the helping professions. Examples in each chapter, drawn from a range of settings including social work, psychology, medicine, mental health, and corrections, demonstrate how practitioners can pose questions of practical importance and search electronically for the most relevant, current evidence. The book provides scales for evaluating evidence, and discusses obstacles to evidence-based practice within organizations. The CD-ROM contains tests used in professional practice and training, demonstrating steps of evidence-based practice. Gibbs teaches at the University of Wisconsin. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534539238
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/15/2002
  • Series: Research, Statistics, & Program Evaluation Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 948,410
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Gibbs received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and is currently a professor in the department of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. He has been teaching practice and research courses for over twenty years trying to bridge the gap between research and practice. With this publication, Professor Gibbs now provides those who work in the helping professions with the tools on how to integrate research evidence into practice using electronic means. He has published other works on scientific reasoning and critical thinking for social workers (the latter he was a co-author with Eileen Gambrill).

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Table of Contents

1. Evidence-Based Practice: Definition and What It Offers To You and Your Clients. 2. Become Motivated To Apply the Current Best Evidence to Practice. 3. Pose a Specific Question of Importance to Your Client's Welfare. 4. Locate the Best External Evidence To Answer Your Question. 5. Effectiveness Research: Evaluating Study Quality and Applying Results To Practice. 6. Meta-Analyses: Evaluating Review Quality and Applying Findings To Practice. 7. Assessment and Risk Studies: Evaluating Study Quality and Applying Results To Practice. 8. Descriptive and Qualitative Studies: Evaluating Study Quality and Applying Results To Practice. 9. Collecting Data In Practice. 10. Teaching Others.

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