Placing the client’s benefits first, evidence-based practitioners adopt a
process of lifelong learning that involves continually posing specific
questions of direct practical importance to clients, searching objectively and
efficiently for the current best evidence relative to each question, and taking
appropriate action guided by evidence." (Gibbs, 2003)
"EBP is a process in which the practitioner combines
well-researched interventions with clinical experience, ethics, client
preferences, and culture to guide and inform the delivery of treatments and
services." (Social Work Policy Institute)
Why Use It?
EBP discourages the use of pseudoscientific or harmful interventions.
It encourages professional social workers to base their interventions on evidence-supported treatment.
Evidence-based practice (EBP) is not a catchphrase. It is not a cookie cutter approach to social work practice. It is a process which involves critical thinking and evaluation of information to determine the most effective and efficient treatment for your client or community. It is a three pronged approach, taking into consideration: