Evidence based intervention in Australia: where is the debate?

Campbell, Alistair (2005) Evidence based intervention in Australia: where is the debate? In: Proceedings of the Inaugural Australian Counselling and Supervision Conference 2005. pp. 26-29. From: Integrating research, practice and training, 17 - 18 February 2005, Carseldine, QLD, Australia.

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There is an increasing tide of publications that challenge the dominant view that "evidence based practice" requires, and is located within, the positivist tradition of empirical methodologies. Increasingly, therapists with other viewpoints on what constitutes evidence about effectiveness of therapy, and on how evidence is to be valued, are publishing challenges to the randomised controlled trials (RCT) orthodoxy. This paper asks, after reviewing the overseas literature, where is the debate in Australia? The author argues that the concept of evidence based practice has been subsumed to the politics of mental health in Australia, and that various disciplines and professions in mental health are more or less committed to the concept to get a bigger slice of the pie. Therefore, debate is stifled and the debate is, indeed, in a sorry state, Finally, the author suggests how the debate might be revived.

Item ID: 7795
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 1-74107-099-6
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Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2010 00:45
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170110 Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis @ 100%
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