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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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Formulate an Answerable Practice Question

Formulate an Answerable Practice Question

(p.21) 2 Formulate an Answerable Practice Question
A Guide to Evidence-Based Group Work

Mark J. Macgowan

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the first stage of evidence-based group work (EBGW), formulating an answerable practice question. Questions may arise in five areas in group work: the group change theory, the individual group member, group structural factors, group processes, and group leadership. EBGW begins with a real clinical concern in these areas, developed into a well-constructed question. These questions must be relevant to members' issues, must be answerable, and be practical. They should be constructed a certain way, including three specific components: specific member or group challenge, intervention or technique, and an outcome. Questions should also be parsimonious, but include enough information to produce a manageable amount of evidence in the first search. Two case examples illustrate how answerable practice questions are formulated.

Keywords:   clinical problems, clinical concerns, well-constructed questions, answerable questions, practice questions, group intervention, group processes, group outcomes

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