Evidence-based practice in mental health: Accessing, appraising, and adopting research data

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Abstract

Recent calls for improvements in the quality of health care for mental and substance use conditions have emphasized the importance of applying existing knowledge to practice. Referred to by various terms, the basic concept of evidence-based practice is being promoted increasingly to bridge the gap between what is known and what is done in clinical practice. However, the demands of everyday work on clinicians, as well as the professional isolation that often characterizes independent practice, can make it difficult for would-be adopters of relevant evidence to know the best ways to stay current with potentially important developments in clinical research. This article describes specific strategies and resources for clinicians interested in accessing, appraising, and adopting clinical research findings to their professional settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)50-69
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Mental Health
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2006

Keywords

  • Evidence uptake
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Internet
  • Mental health and substance use conditions
  • Quality in health care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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