Implementing evidence-based practice: A review of the empirical research literature

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Gray, Mel, Joy, Elyssa, Plath, Debbie and Webb, Stephen A.. (2013) Implementing evidence-based practice: A review of the empirical research literature. Research on Social Work Practice. 23(2), pp. 157 - 166. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049731512467072
AuthorsGray, Mel, Joy, Elyssa, Plath, Debbie and Webb, Stephen A.
Abstract

The article reports on the findings of a review of empirical studies examining the implementation of evidence-based practice (EBP) in the human services. Eleven studies were located that defined EBP as a research-informed, clinical decision-making process and identified barriers and facilitators to EBP implementation. A thematic analysis of the findings of the 11 studies produced a list of barriers to EBP implementation grouped in terms of inadequate agency resources dedicated to EBP; skills and knowledge of practitioners; organizational culture; the research environment; practitioner attitudes; and inadequate supervision. Given the limited and exploratory nature of available research on EBP implementation, tentative findings suggest that to facilitate the uptake of EBP in social work and human services practice, strategically driven, adequately resourced, multifaceted approaches to EBP capacity building in organizations are needed.

Keywordsknowledge transfer; research implementation; evidence-based practice; human services; systematic review
Year2013
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Journal citation23 (2), pp. 157 - 166
PublisherSage Publications Ltd.
ISSN1049-7315
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/1049731512467072
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84875335258
Page range157 - 166
Research GroupSchool of Allied Health
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Grant IDARC/DP0985174
Place of publicationUnited States of America
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