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Social care: rhetoric and reality

Geraldine Macdonald

in What works?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2000 | ISBN: 9781861341914
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304265 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861341914.003.0006
Social care: rhetoric and reality

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The approach to decision making exemplified by evidence-based healthcare has also been urged upon social services. This chapter outlines the sometimes acrimonious debates that have arisen as a result. There is no consensus about the nature of evidence in social care, and only a minority voice in favour of the need for experimentation, particularly randomised controlled trials. Nevertheless, there have been several notable regional initiatives to develop evidence-based social care, and parts of the voluntary sector are pioneering in this area. The chapter concludes with a summary of the strengths and weaknesses of outcome research in social care.

Keywords: evidence-based healthcare; social care; social services; voluntary sector

Chapter.  8524 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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