Finding and Evaluating Evidence: Systematic Reviews and Evidence-Based Practice

Paperback | October 6, 2011

byDenise E. Bronson, Tamara S. Davis

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Evidence-based practice (EBP) promises to have a profound impact on social work practice, education, and scholarship, but adopting EBP depends on the availability and accessibility of evidence and on strategies to synthesize this information. Systematic reviews provide a comprehensive,unbiased method for retrieving and synthesizing relevant research. This pocket guide is a concise introduction that describes the steps required to complete a systematic review and the criteria that can be used to assess the quality of existing reviews. The authors provide straightforward information on how to define a search question that captures the problem's parameters, develop a search strategy that is transparent and comprehensive, assess the quality and credibility of existing research, and summarize the available research to support EBP insocial work. Providing coverage for both quantitative and qualitative synthesis methods, examples illustrate the steps and decisions associated with each approach to research synthesis. Key points and suggested readings and websites provide avenues for further study. This pocket guide is anexcellent introduction to EBP and systematic reviews that will be valued by social work students, practitioners, and scholars.

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Evidence-based practice (EBP) promises to have a profound impact on social work practice, education, and scholarship, but adopting EBP depends on the availability and accessibility of evidence and on strategies to synthesize this information. Systematic reviews provide a comprehensive,unbiased method for retrieving and synthesizing rel...

Denise E. Bronson, PhD, is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of the MSW Program in the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University. Tamara S. Davis, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:112 pages, 5.39 × 8.11 × 0.51 inPublished:October 6, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195337360

ISBN - 13:9780195337365

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Table of Contents

1. Systematic Reviews, Evidence-based Practice, and Social Work2. Asking the Right Questions, Preparing a Protocol, and Finding the Relevant Research3. Critically Appraising the Quality and Credibility of Quantitative Research for Systematic Reviews4. The Art and Science of Managing and Summarizing the Available Research5. Systematic Reviews of Qualitative Research6. Assessing the Quality of Systematic ReviewsGlossaryReferencesIndex