Developing Practice Guidelines for Social Work Intervention: by Aaron Rosen, Enola Proctor

By Aaron Rosen, Enola Proctor

This publication bridges the distance among social paintings wisdom and empirically dependent perform. even if there's a major desire for using empirically proven and confirmed wisdom in social paintings perform, the empirical foundation of aid is almost absent from practitioners'considerations as they make medical judgements in regimen perform. The authors recommend the improvement of available, obtainable, and professionally sanctioned perform directions to be used through practitioners, a need within the age of controlled care and calls for for higher responsibility, effectiveness, and potency in perform. This publication contains a much-needed dialogue of racial and ethnic differentials when it comes to perform instructions and at the courting among perform instructions and various points of provider supply.

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Coupled with earlier work (Fraser et al. 1991; Glisson 1995), these data—and findings from Reid and Fortune (chapter 4, this volume)— suggest that social work has a base of research knowledge that could contribute to the development of practice guidelines. But the findings suggest also that social work research is disproportionately focused on explanation. Control knowledge, which focuses on the effectiveness and efficacy of interventions, is developed in slightly more than one in four studies.

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In short, the exigencies of research lead to findings that practitioners are unlikely to use. 31 32 PRECURSORS OF GUIDELINES PRACTICE GUIDELINES AND CROSS-CULTURAL INTERVENTION RESEARCH: WHITHER CONSTRUCT VALIDITY? The capacity of social work research to inform the development of practice guidelines rests not just with increasing the number of studies that test interventions but also with increasing the sensitivity of research to the day-to-day exigencies of practice. This will involve measuring techniques that enhance change, matching change strategies and measures to risk mechanisms, assessing change continuously, controlling reactivity, and interpreting findings in the context of method variance.

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