What supports and impedes evidence-based practice implementation? A survey of Australian social workers

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Gray, Mel, Joy, Elyssa, Plath, Debbie and Webb, Stephen A.. (2015). What supports and impedes evidence-based practice implementation? A survey of Australian social workers. The British Journal of Social Work. 45(2), pp. 667 - 684. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bct123
AuthorsGray, Mel, Joy, Elyssa, Plath, Debbie and Webb, Stephen A.
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This paper reports on findings from a national survey (n = 364) of social workers' views on what impedes and supports evidence-based practice (EBP) implementation. In contrast to some prior research, support for EBP was found to be strong among the social workers surveyed. Open-ended responses, however, reflected some reservations about the formalisation, relevance, usability and applicability of EBP in social work. A range of barriers to EBP implementation for social workers were identified at individual and organisational levels, which is largely supportive of findings from prior research. An interesting distinction was discerned between those respondents who preferred to engage in the whole EBP process themselves (locating, appraising and applying research) and those who preferred to adopt practice guidelines based on appraisal of research evidence by other experts. This finding has implications for the way organisations and the social work profession approach the implementation of EBP.

Keywordsevidence-based practice; implementation; social work; barriers; facilitators
Year2015
JournalThe British Journal of Social Work
Journal citation45 (2), pp. 667 - 684
PublisherOxford University Press
ISSN0045-3102
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bct123
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84925632381
Page range667 - 684
Research GroupSchool of Allied Health
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Grant IDARC/DP0985174
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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