Teaching Master's and Doctoral Social Work Students to Systematically Evaluate Evidence-Based Interventions

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  • Evidence-based research relevant to social work practice has grown dramatically. This article describes a method that was implemented to teach master's and doctoral social work students how to synthesize and evaluate evidence-based interventions for social work-related problems and populations. The method includes eight steps: conceptualize the problem and define the research question(s); conduct a systematic search; define study inclusion and exclusion criteria; identify and categorize types of interventions and outcomes; rate the studies' methodological rigor; determine outcome attainment; combine outcome attainment and study rigor, and compare the evidence across studies. Two examples are presented of the implementation of this approach along with a discussion of the challenges and limitations. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
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  • Auslander W; Fisher C; Ollie M; Yu MS
  • Start Page

  • 320
  • End Page

  • 341
  • Volume

  • 32
  • Issue

  • 4