Developing Practice Guidelines for Social Work Intervention: Issues, Methods, and Research Agenda

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Columbia University Press, 2003 - Social Science - 311 pages
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This book bridges the gap between social work knowledge and empirically based practice. Although there is a significant need for the use of empirically tested and verified knowledge in social work practice, the empirical basis of support is nearly absent from practitioners'considerations as they make clinical decisions in routine practice. The authors advocate the development of readily available, accessible, and professionally sanctioned practice guidelines for use by practitioners, a necessity in the age of managed care and demands for greater accountability, effectiveness, and efficiency in practice. This book features a much-needed discussion of racial and ethnic differentials in relation to practice guidelines and on the relationship between practice guidelines and different aspects of service delivery.

  

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Contents

Practice Guidelines and the Challenge of Effective Practice
1
Precursors of Guidelines Intervention Research and EvidenceBased Practice
15
Intervention Research in Social Work A Basis for EvidenceBased Practice and Practice Guidelines
17
EvidenceBased Practice and Practice Guidelines
37
Empirical Foundations for Practice Guidelines in Current Social Work Knowledge
59
Practice Guidelines for Social Work Need Nature and Challenges
81
Clinical Guidelines and EvidenceBased Practice in Medicine Psychology and Allied Professions
83
The Structure and Function of Social Work Practice Guidelines
108
Accounting for Variability in Client Population and Setting Characteristics Moderators of Intervention Effectiveness
169
ServiceDelivery Factors in the Development of Practice Guidelines
193
Performance Standards and Quality Control Application of Practice Guidelines to Service Delivery
207
Practitioner Organizational and Institutional Factors in the Utilization of Practice Guidelines
221
Practitioner Adoption and Implementation of Practice Guidelines and Issues of Quality Control
223
Organizational and Institutional Factors in the Development of Practice Knowledge and Practice Guidelines in Social Work
236
Social Work Practice Guidelines in an Interprofessional World Honoring New Ties That Bind
253
Conclusion
269

Social Work Should Help Develop Interdisciplinary EvidenceBased Practice Guidelines Not DisciplineSpecific Ones
128
The Role of Diagnostic and Problem Classification in Formulating TargetBased Practice Guidelines
140
Constructing Practice Diagnoses Problems Targets or Transactions?
156
Responsiveness of Practice Guidelines to Diversity in Client Populations and Practice Settings The Idiographic Application of Normative Generalizati...
167
Advancing the Development of Social Work Practice Guidelines Direction for Research
271
Index
291
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Edward D. berkowitz is professor of history and public policy and public administration at George Washington University. He is the author of eight books and the editor of three collections. During the seventies he served as a staff member of the President's Commission for a National Agenda, helping President Carter plan for a second term that never came to be.

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