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A Guide to Evidence-Based Group Work$
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Mark J. Macgowan

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195183450

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183450.001.0001

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Introduction to Evidence-Based Group Work

Introduction to Evidence-Based Group Work

(p.3) 1 Introduction to Evidence-Based Group Work
A Guide to Evidence-Based Group Work

Mark J. Macgowan

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces evidence-based group work (EBGW). It provides a definition and includes a discussion of the assumptions underlying EBGW. It describes how EBGW developed within the history of group work. EBGW is a four-stage process in which group workers formulate an answerable practice question, search for evidence; undertake a critical review of the evidence (with respect to research merit, impact, and applicability), which yields the best available evidence; and apply the evidence with judgment, skill, and concern for relevance and appropriateness for the group, utilizing evaluation to determine if desired outcomes are achieved. The importance of EBGW in the advancement of group work is discussed. Three cases and scenarios are introduced that will be used to illustrate the stages described in the rest of the book.

Keywords:   clinical judgment, clinical expertise, professional ethics, best evidence, best available evidence

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