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The Role and Nature of Evidence: A Systematic Review of Social Workers' Evidence-Based Practice Orientation, Attitudes, and Implementation

Scurlock-Evans, Laura and Upton, Dominic (2015) The Role and Nature of Evidence: A Systematic Review of Social Workers' Evidence-Based Practice Orientation, Attitudes, and Implementation. Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work, 12 (4). pp. 369-399. ISSN Print: 2640-8066 Online: 2640-8074

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Abstract

Concerns have been raised over the appropriateness of adopting evidence-based practice (EBP) as a framework for practice within social work. In this systematic review the authors aim to synthesise research findings exploring social workers' EBP orientation, attitudes, adoption, knowledge, skills, and perceived EBP barriers and facilitators. Numerous challenges to EBP implementation were identified, including: time management, research accessibility, and misperceptions of the role of evidence in decision making. Colleagues, supervisors, perceived experts, organizational culture, and tailored training were important for social workers' dissemination and utilization of evidence. Social workers may prefer more conversational, face-to-face methods of research dissemination. Implications of the review findings are discussed.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Evidence-based practice, social workers, barriers, attitudes, knowledge
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Health and Society
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Depositing User: Laura Scurlock-Evans
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2019 19:12
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2019 19:13
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/8228

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