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Evidence Based Practice Articles

"Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a process in which the practitioner combines well-researched interventions with clinical experience and ethics, and client preferences and culture to guide and inform the delivery of treatments and services. The practitioner, researcher and client must work together in order to identify what works, for whom and under what conditions. This approach ensures that the treatments and services, when used as intended, will have the most effective outcomes as demonstrated by the research."  (Social Work Policy Institute, copied 7/25, 2016 from http://www.socialworkpolicy.org/research/evidence-based-practice-2.html#EVP )

The process used is a  rigorous 5-steps to identify effective practice with critical and in-depth review.  The most commonly used models in Evidence-based practice are: 

  • ACE Star Model of Knowledge Transformation
  • Advancing Research and Clinical Practice through close Collaboration
  • Iowa Model
  • Johns Hopkins EBP Model
  • PARIHS Framework

Although EBP articles can be found in many Social Work databases using the terms "evidence based"(could be "evidence based medicine" or "evidence based practice") or "systematic review".  There are some specific databases for Evidence Based resources, including:

Non-subscription EBP Sources on the Web, depending on your topic:

Specialized Indexes

Dissertations and Theses