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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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Search for Best Available Evidence

Search for Best Available Evidence

(p.31) 3 Search for Best Available Evidence
A Guide to Evidence-Based Group Work

Mark J. Macgowan

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the second stage of evidence-based group work (EBGW). The first part of the chapter describes the general principles of an effective and efficient search, describing where and how to look for group-based evidence. In describing where to look, the chapter describes how we should strive to find evidence with the strongest research merit, and distinguishes between whether a group worker needs an intervention/technique or a measure of change. A number of sources of research evidence on group-based interventions and measures are presented. In describing how to look for evidence, specific techniques are offered for searching databases for evidence related to the answerable practice question, including identifying search terms for locating group-relevant evidence. Two case examples are presented to illustrate how to search for evidence related to a question about an intervention, and a second that seeks evidence related to a question about a strategy for enhancing group processes.

Keywords:   search strategy, locating evidence, group interventions, group techniques, group process measures, effective search, efficient search, databases, keywords, research evidence

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