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Evidence-Based Mental Health Practice: A Textbook (Norton Professional Book)by Robert E. Drake
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As the philosophy, major tenets, and techniques of the movement have evolved, evidence-based medicine has strongly influenced individual health care decision-making, the practices offered in health care programs, and the structure of medical and public health systems. Evidence-based medicine has also begun to influence the field of mental health. As support for evidence-based medicine grows in mental health, the need to clarify its fundamental principles also increases. In dealing with the new era of evidence-based practice, mental health practitioners are now confronted with a sense of obligation to understand these practices and to implement them in order to provide the best available services to consumers. This book explores some of the complex challenges in implementing EBPs, and highlights the meaningful opportunities that are inherent in this paradigm shift. This comprehensive textbook will become an essential primer for all practitioners and students who are grappling with the new age of evidence-based practice.
Book News Annotation:
Practitioners and teachers in mental health explore some of the challenges involved in implementing evidence-based practices in the field, highlighting the opportunities that are inherent in this paradigm shift. Among specific topics are what severe mental illness is, clinical decision making and the evidence-based practitioner, the interface of cultural competency and evidence-based practices, and supported employment.
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The movement to make medicine more scientific has evolved over many decades but the specific term evidence-based medicine was introduced in 1990 to refer to a systematic approach to helping doctors to apply scientific evidence to decision-making at the point of contact with a specific consumer.
LESS THAN 15 PERCENT of consumers receive mental health services that are based on empirical research. As both clinicians and clients now desire supporting data for the treatments they use, this textbook explains the principles and orientation of evidence-based practice and gives examples of the five main areas in which it is widely used.
About the Author
Robert E. Drake, M.D., Ph.D., is the Andrew Thomson Professor of Psychiatry and Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School and the Director of the New Hampshire-Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center. He has focused on developing and evaluating innovative community programs for persons with severe mental disorders.David W. Lynde, M.S.W., LICSW, is the Training Manager for the West Institute at the New Hampshire-Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center and faculty member of Dartmouth Medical School. David provides training and consultation regarding the implementation Evidence-Based Practices.Matthew R. Merrens, Ph.D., is Visiting Professor of Psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School and the New Hampshire-Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center. He has had extensive experience in clinical psychology and community mental health and has authored and edited a number of textbooks in psychology.
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