Evidence-based Social Work Practice: Issues, Controversies, and Debates

Edward J. Mullen

in Social Work

ISBN: 9780195389678
Published online December 2009 | | DOI:
Evidence-based Social Work Practice: Issues, Controversies, and Debates


This entry provides references to issues, controversies, and debates stimulated by the introduction into social work of evidence-based practice. These relate to differing views about meanings, limitations, values, and assumptions attributed to evidence-based practice. Issues, controversies, and debates have accompanied the introduction of evidence-based practice into medicine, psychology, nursing, and other professions. Many of these are found in nearly identical form in social work. However, perhaps because of social work’s complexity and history, these concerns have taken on a distinct character in social work, and other concerns are being expressed specific to social work. Accordingly this entry includes key publications in the social work literature as well as key relevant publications in the literature of related professions. A final section of this entry provides references to seminal discussions of issues in education for evidence-based practice. Readers not familiar with this form of practice should read the entry Evidence-Based Social Work Practice as background for this entry.

Article.  4099 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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